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Cafeteria Credit Information

Workshop Verification Hour Forms

The South East Education Cooperative (SEEC), Central Regional Education Association (CREA, formerly MDEC/MREC), the Northeast Education Services Cooperative (NESC) and the Great Northwest Education Cooperative (GNWEC) offer the Cafeteria Plan to accumulate the necessary hours for graduate continuing education credits offered from Valley City State University (VCSU) during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. (Up to 4 credits maximum in a 12 month period.) A total of 15 hours direct instruction must be completed for each graduate credit.

Cafeteria Verification Form (PDF)

Cafeteria Verification Form (Docx)

Guide to Educational Cooperative Professional Development Credits

Get Verification Forms above.

  • Collect 15 hours of in-service credit and fill out verification sheets. All verification forms must be signed by the Superintendent or designated administrator.
  • Register for credit on our website. Select the course with your cooperative name in the title:
    • ‘EDUC 2000 ST: Professional Development (SEEC)”
    • “EDUC 2000 ST: Professional Development (CREA)”
    • “EDUC 2000 ST: Professional Development (NESC)”
    • “EDUC 2000 ST: Professional Development (GNWEC)”
    • Or send paper registration form to the Registrar’s office. Registration is year-round.
  • Pay for course at the time or registration. ($65 per credit)
  • Mail Verification Forms to:
    • Valley City State University
      c/o Dave Bass
      101 College St. SW
      Valley City, ND 58072
  • Transcripts will be available after Recording Dates.

Cafeteria Plan FAQ

Who approves the activities?
Your school Superintendent or designated administrator.

Who has the proper forms?
Get Verification Forms from school administrator or here.

How do I register and pay for credit?
See the instructions above.

Where do I send the Verification Form?
Mail to:
Valley City State University
c/o Dave Bass
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072

What professional development activities count toward this credit?
Any professional development that includes a training component. Training is defined as learning something new related to children, education, and instructional methods. The professional development should change the way you present information that will directly affect the way students learn. Please look over the new verification form’s qualifications. These PD hours must be help outside of your regular school day hours. 

What professional development activities/meetings don’t count toward Cafeteria hours?
Filling out paperwork for the school’s office, discussion of school’s policies and procedures, and working on class/school schedules DOES NOT count toward these professional development hours. If it deals with planning an event or getting out information to staff, it is a staff meeting and doesn’t qualify.

How long do I have to complete the graduation credit?
Register for VCSU credit when you have completed the 15 hours and prior to sending in your verification forms. Registration is semester based. The maximum number of cafeteria based credits you can earn is 4 credits per 12 months.

Registration Deadlines for 2020-2021

  • Summer 2020 – July 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – November 27, 2020
  • Spring 2021 – April 23, 2021
  • Summer 2021 – July 17, 2021

What does it cost?
The recording and special fees for each credit is $65. This is to be paid to VCSU at the time of registration.

When will grades be available on my official VCSU transcript?
Grades will be recorded at the end of each semester. The instructor of record, Dave Bass, must have the Verification Hours Sheets prior to the grade being recorded. If a student needs a confirmation of course completion prior to the recording date, email extend@vcsu.edu or call (701) 845-7303 for a letter verifying course completion. To order official transcripts visit the Registrar’s Office website. Unofficial transcripts can be printed through Campus Connection at any time.

When does the Cafeteria Plan end?
Registration is available year round. If you complete the required hours after the Registration deadline, register in the next semester.

What is the course number for a specific semester?
The course number is not needed for online registration. If using the paper form, email extend@vcsu.edu to receive a course number.

Cafeteria Planning Committee Membership

Dave Bass, VCSU
Bob Toso, Superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools
Louise Dardis, Asst. Superintendent of West Fargo Public Schools
Bob Grosz, Asst. Superintendent of Fargo Schools
Sandy Zahn, SEEC Professional Development Coordinator
Jennifer Glasheen, SEEC Instructional Specialist