Proposing a Professional Development Course

SPU Center for Professional Education (CPE) instructors can propose professional development courses for graduate-level Seattle Pacific University credit or CEUs (clock hours) by submitting a CPE Course Form (MS Word) and syllabus. 

A course must meet for 10 instructional contact hours for each Quarter credit. To assess understanding of course content, out-of-class assignments appropriate to the number of credits are required. 

To have your course publicized, mark the publicity box on the course proposal.  CPE maintains administrative discretion to edit or deny course information published on its website or other marketing materials. 

For information about becoming a CPE instructor in the Center for Professional Education at SPU, visit Requirements for CPE Instructors.   

Basic Standards 

  • Maximum of 3 credits in a seven-day week 
  • Maximum 8 contact hours per day 

Approved Minimum Standard 

  • 1 credit: two days' instruction 
  • 2 credits: three days' instruction 
  • 3 credits: five consecutive days' instruction 
  • 3 credits: four non-consecutive days' instruction 
  • 4 credits: five days of non-consecutive instruction, not within a seven-day week 
  • 5 credits: seven days of non-consecutive instruction, not within a seven-day week 

When you consider the above parameters, note that five minutes of break time are included in each instructional hour. Breaks may be taken hourly or accrued up to four hours and taken all at once, but it is not to be included as lunchtime. 

Federal laws require 30 minutes be provided for lunch if there are six or more instructional hours in a single day, and that lunchtime must be provided in addition to instructional time. Schedule lunchtime separately from your students' break time. 

Course Costs

If you are not being paid through SPU, then the base cost per credit of your course will be $55, or $20 per each 10 CEUs (clock hours). 

If you are contracted and paid through SPU, then the base cost per credit of your course is $85, or $45 per each 10 CEUs (clock hours). 

Proposed Course Processing Time

CPE requires a minimum of three weeks' processing time for all new courses. Additionally, every succeeding time you offer the course, a course form must be completed and sent to CPE at least two weeks prior to the course's start date. Remember, the earlier you submit a course proposal, the sooner you will receive confirmation of course approval and registration processes. 

Submit all your course proposals, CPE instructor application, and official transcripts to

Course Approval Process

When CPE receives your course proposal, we review it for completeness and compliance with accreditation policies. Following course approval, your course will be assigned a course number, and you will receive confirmation indicating approval and course-numbering information. 

A registration packet will be sent to you or to a designated individual three weeks before the beginning date of the course, or the day after the course is approved, whichever comes first. 

Course Registration

Registration is conducted on-site by you, the instructor. All registration forms and a tuition payment for each student must be sent to SPU's Student Academic Services in the addressed envelope provided within three days of the second class session. Detailed instructions will be included in the registration packet.