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Be Glad - Teaching at the Core

Welcome to University College at University of the Pacific. We are committed to extending learning opportunities beyond the traditional campus environment by delivering online certificate and continuing education courses for working adults, as well as professional development classes for teachers seeking salary advancement. We have partnered with Be GLAD, LLC. Be GLAD® is a professional development organization in the area of language acquisition and literacy employing Project GLAD® (Guided Language Acquisition Design) model and strategies. Be GLAD® takes teaching theory and transforms it into incredible practical teaching activities, while promoting high academic achievement and 21st century skills.

For more information about courses please contact Be GLAD;

  • Noshaba Afzal / Director of Trainings -
  • Jabbar Beig / Executive BE GLAD Officer -

For more information about graduate level credit please contact University of the Pacific 

  • 209.946.2424

Basic Certificate: Becoming a Be GLAD® Educator

The Be GLAD® program is designed for teachers, educational support professionals,administrators, and those who work with children and adolescents to provide instruction for meeting the myriad challenges in learning the English language. This certificate is comprised of three courses designed for the Basic Be GLAD® Certificate. All courses must be taken in sequential order. In order to enroll in the next course, one must successfully complete the previous course in the sequence. Upon successful completion of all three courses, a certificate of completion will be presented by University of the Pacific.

Pedagogy and Theoretical Construction

This is the first of three courses designed for the Basic Be GLAD® Certificate. This course focuses on pedagogy and theoretical constructions of the Be GLAD® program. It includes history, theory and research that undergirds Be GLAD® cognitive and effective strategies for language acquisition and development.The aim of this course is to better equip teachers in the most up to date strategies in order to support all students, particularly students who struggle in school.

Course Reference Number: PDBG 9001
Credits: 1 Professional Development Unit 

Classroom Observations and Analysis

The second course focuses on Be GLAD® classroom observations and analysis, provides multiple opportunities to observe, write, take notes and respond to classroom modeling of Be GLAD® language acquisition strategies in action sessions. Students enrolled in this course shall be actively involved in research, readings, application of strategies, feedback, assessment and evaluation. Practical application of instructional methodology acquired is key to participant learning and success.

Course Reference Number: PDBG 9002
Credits: 1 Professional Development Unit 

Professional and Curriculum Development

The last course is created for educators to develop artifacts in order to implement Be GLAD® methodology in the classroom. The course includes curriculum design, course integration of both California & National curriculum standards. Knowledge gained in the previous courses will be foundational to learning, knowing, analysis of course materials and understanding the related readings, peer feedback and evaluation techniques.

Course Reference Number: PDBG 9003
Credits: 1 Professional Development Unit 

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The Basic Certificate: Becoming a Be GLAD Educator

  • $1,215 covers full registration for all three courses encompassed in the Basic Certificate.
  • $95/Unit - University of the Pacific Professional Development Graduate Level Credit

NOTE: Educators must register for the course separately from the university credit.
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