Credit Overlay is a great opportunity for professional development. It is a term we use to offer an "overlay" of university credit for classes, programs, workshops, in-services and/or professional development opportunities that organizations may already be conducting for their participants. This affords teachers and professionals the opportunity to gain WOU credit for a class or seminar that they are already planning to attend. Not all participants in the class need sign up for academic credit.
Who takes advantage of Credit Overlay classes? Teachers, students, administrators, and professionals have participated in our credit overlay programs. School districts and businesses seek course or seminar approval to encourage and broaden professional development options. Professional Development Units (PDU) and Continuing Education Units (CEU) are additional options.
How do I propose a New Credit Overlay Course?
I want to renew a credit overlay course
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Contact the Division of Extended Programs at 503 838-8483 for more information and to see if your professional development courses and training sessions may be eligible for academic credit through our Credit Overlay program.
Credit Overlay for Professional Development and Training Sessions
- Does your school district, agency, or business offer professional development courses or training sessions?
- Would your employees benefit from receiving university credit for those courses or training sessions?
- Registration forms and other materials are provided
To be eligible your course or training must meet these 3 criteria:
- Any number of students can participate - no minimum or maximum is required
- Our services to the training unit are made available at no cost
Your curriculum needs to have sufficient content and contact hours for academic credit.
- Helpful credit overlay guides:
Course Proposal Guideline | Guidelines for Development of a Syllabus | Guideline for Writing Learning Outcomes
- Your instructor needs a minimum of a master's degree plus expertise in the content area.
Your district or agency retains responsibility for the total management and cost of the course or training.
Because your school, agency, or business is responsible for the course or training, WOU is able to offer credit overlay for $50 per credit. either graduate or undergraduate. This is a substantial savings compared to current tuition costs!
How do I Propose a New Credit Overlay Class?
Print each of these helpful guides before filling out the Course Proposal Form.
Course Proposal Guideline | Guidelines for Development of a Syllabus | Guideline for Writing Learning Outcomes |
The form below is set up in Word. It can be completed either online and printed OR saved to your computer and filled in before printing. Put your cursor in the first gray field, then use the Tab key to move on to the next field. The Tab key will allow you to move swiftly through the form to each field that must be completed.
Course Proposal Form
Use if proposing:
a new course, workshop, or seminar OR
- if your current approval for a course, workshop, or seminar has expired OR
if any of the following have changed on a currently approved course, workshop, or seminar:
- course prefix/number OR
- course title OR
- number of credits OR
- content OR
- the instructor
Please submit your completed proposal form four weeks before the beginning of your course, workshop, or seminar to allow us the time to route it for consideration and approval.
Courses, once approved, may be offered for seven terms before a new course approval is required. To re-offer your originally approved program anytime during the seven terms, see below: "How Do I Repeat an Existing Approved Credit Overlay Class."
After seven terms the course approval will expire. If you would like to continue offering your course, workshop, or seminar for credit, simply fill out the Course Proposal Form again and submit it for approval. Then you will have another seven terms within which to offer your class.
How do I Repeat an Existing Approved Credit Overlay Class?
Use this form to offer a currently approved course within the seven term approval period.
Repeat Course Form This short form is set up in Word. It can be completed either online and printed OR saved to your computer and filled in before printing. Put your cursor in the first gray field, then use the Tab key to move on to the next field. The Tab key will allow you to move swiftly through the form to each field that must be completed.
The following information must remain the same as the original course:
- course prefix/number AND
- course title AND
- number of credits AND
- content AND
- the instructor.
If any of the information above has changed, submit a Course Proposal Form.
Here's How to Grade Your Class Online
Print and complete this form: Computer Access/User Information Request Form to be authorized to use our online grading system. Please mail the completed form to: Division of Extended Programs, ATTN: Credit Overlay, Western Oregon University, 345 Monmouth Ave. N, Monmouth, OR 97338.
After being notified that you are approved to grade online, you will need to setup your WOU network username and password (your Pawprint).
- Go to the Account Lookup page: http://www.wou.edu/accountlookup
- Click the link "Set Email and Network Password, and the WOU Acceptable Use of University Computing Resources Policy".
- Enter your SS#, your last name, and the secret code word listed in the graphic on that page, then click "Submit"
- Follow the steps to setup your new password. Along the way, you will be given your Vnumber, your official WOU email, and your WOU network username/Pawprint. Write down this information for future reference.
If you have completed the above steps and are ready to enter grades log into Wolf Web: https://banweb.ous.edu/wouprd/owa/twbkwbis.p_wwwlogin
If you are not able to set your password, then contact Computing Services at 503-838-8925 or stop by help desk in ITC 009.
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Professional Development Units (PDU) and Continuing Education Units (CEU) are additional options.
Withdrawal / No Refund Policy
WOU Student Records Policy
Who Do I Contact for More Information?
For more information on developing a course for credit or repeating an existing approved credit overlay class, call 503 838-8483 or
800 451-5767 and ask for the credit overlay program manager.