Salary Point Credits & Graduate Education Units

TeachStar Online Academy courses (500 Series) offer optional Graduate Education Units or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

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Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

TeachStar Online Academy courses are approved for LAUSD Salary Point Credits. The number of salary points awarded may be found on the registration form and in LAUSD's MyPLN's course description. Shortly after the course ending date, a My PLN class roster is submitted to LAUSD with the names of successful participants to be awarded salary points.

Participants may also apply for university credit. Since the names of LAUSD teachers are already included on the MyPLN salary point roster, University credit may NOT be submitted to LAUSD for additional credit.

However, LAUSD participants may wish to have a University transcript since salary points may not transfer to another district. If you desire University Credit and a transcript, you must complete and submit the appropriate forms available in Module 2.

For additional information concerning salary points and university credit, LAUSD teachers may refer to the UTLA contract, Article XV, Section 3.0.

Any delay in processing your salary points will not affect the eligibility date of your schedule advancement. If the salary points from a completed TOA course have not been posted after 12 weeks of successful completion, please contact Barbara Spahr or Jennifer Villaryo.
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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

How do I register for University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate credit?

You are given the opportunity to register with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) during the 2nd week of your TeachStar online course.

During the 2nd week of your course, registration information can be downloaded from within the course. Check the UCLA form for specific details about how to register, the current registration deadline and contact information for UCLA. Your payment goes directly to UCLA. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA if you change your mind.

Units UCLA tuition
3 Quarter Units (2 Semester Units) $300.00*
4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units) $300.00*

*These fees are in addition to the TeachStar Online Academy course fees, and paid directly to UCLA Extension Office.

How is my work graded?

UCLA grading is A-F.

Grade Distribution Scale:

Assignment Individual Assignment Point Distribution
Electronic portfolio/project 50 points
Online participation 30 points
Post-test 10 points
Quizzes 10 points
100 Total Points Possible
  • A = 90-100 points
  • B = 80-89 points
  • C = 70-79 points
  • D = 60-69 points
  • F = less than 60 points

When will I receive my UCLA credits?

You will not receive the Credits from UCLA until you have completed your online course and received a passing grade from your online instructor. Once your instructor has notified us, we will post your grade with UCLA.

How do I obtain a transcript?

Transcripts are not automatically issued upon the conclusion of your course. You will need to send a written request with payment to UCLA. More information on this process is included on the “UCLA Enrollment Application” that you will download and send to UCLA.

Who can I contact for more information?

For further information about UCLA Extension Credit, refer to the contact information on the enrollment form in Module 2 of your course.

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