Frequently Asked Questions

Is Seattle Pacific University on the Quarter System or the Semester System?

Seattle Pacific University is on the Quarter System.

One Academic credit has 10 contact hours

One Continuing Education Unit is equal to 10 clock hours

How are quarter credits equivalent to semester credits? 
5 quarter credits are equivalent to 3.33 semester credits. 
3 quarter credits are equivalent to 2 semester credits. 
1 quarter credit is equivalent to .67 semester credits. 

Are professional development courses graduate-level courses?  
Professional development courses taken for credit and numbered at the 5000 level are graduate-level courses and are posted on a Graduate transcript at Seattle Pacific. These courses were designed primarily with the needs of teachers and other professionals in mind for the purpose of meeting certification, endorsement, district pay lane requirements and other professional needs. Although different in purpose from the core master's or doctoral graduate degree courses, these Graduate-level courses may be considered to meet elective requirements in some graduate degree programs in accordance with the regulations of the particular graduate degree program and approval of the student's program advisor.  

What are CEUs?  
The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized means to document participation in organized non-credit continuing education. The CEU provides a vehicle for employers, professional groups, and licensing agencies to account for participation in non-credit seminars, workshops, and courses.

One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in organized continuing education under qualified instruction and is equivalent to 10 clock hours at Seattle Pacific University. Seattle Pacific University is an Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction approved clock hour provider.

How are clock hours verified?  
Participants will register for clock hours through the online registration system. At the end of the course, the instructor will verify attended hours, and the clock hours will be posted on a clock hour transcript. Participants will be notified via email once the earned hours are posted and can request a transcript if needed.

If I take a class through an SPU partner, will I still receive SPU graduate-level credit?  
If you select the option to register for credit through SPU, all 5000-level courses will appear on your SPU Graduate transcript.

Is there financial aid available?  
Professional development courses are not eligible for financial aid, and they do not qualify for loan deferment. The full cost of the course is required at the time of enrollment via debit or credit card.

Do professional development courses qualify for loan deferment?
5000 Level courses and/or Continuing Education Units are not eligible for loan deferment because they are in a year-long term and part-time or full-time status cannot be calculated.

Are there any additional costs for a course besides tuition? 
Additional costs vary from course to course. The course materials you receive will include directions if you need to purchase anything additional, such as a textbook. 

I need a receipt for my course. How do I get one?  
A receipt will automatically be emailed to you. If you would like to print another copy:

  • Log on to the SPU Student Portal here then click "Login" at the top of this page and choosing "Student Login", and enter your SPU username and password
  • Click My Account History on the left side of the screen
  • Click on the transaction number
  • Click Print Receipt

What should I expect from my Distance Learning Course? 
The majority of Distance Learning courses are designed to be self-paced. Some courses take place on Canvas, SPU's Learning Management System, and have specific begin and end dates. 

Instructor feedback and communication varies from course to course. If your instructor has provided contact information, please utilize that for your course questions and clarifications throughout the duration of your course. If you are taking a course through one of our outside educational partners, they can offer technical and procedural support. 

How long will it take me to complete a Distance Learning course? 
You can expect it to take about 20 hours per credit. The courses are designed for you to work at your own pace, but check the course details for due dates and completion time. 

What does "up to one year" mean in a course description? 
For courses that list completion time of "up to one year," you will have 364 days from your enrollment date to complete the course.

Do I get regular feedback on my assignments? 
This varies from course to course as not all Distance Learning courses are facilitated. You may not turn in coursework until you have completed all required assignments for a course. Make sure to read the course study guide first to understand if the course is facilitated, if you can expect communication during the course, and if the coursework is submitted in segments (with feedback) or if coursework is submitted entirely at the end of the course in which you will only receive feedback upon request. 

When will my grades be sent to me? 
The fastest and most efficient way to receive your grades is to order a transcript, or view your completed grades in your Online Student Account. 

How fast can I expect my grades to be posted? 
Grades will be entered within 1-2 business days once they are received by Seattle Pacific. Please check with the instructor for average grading time.

How can I get my transcript? 
Visit the SPU Student Academic Services website to learn how to access an unofficial transcript or request an official transcript.