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) offers 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 of direct instruction must be completed for each graduate credit.
Who approves the activities?
Your school Superintendent or designated administrator.
Who has the proper forms?
Get Verification forms from school administrator or on the top of this page. (This page is located on the VCSU Extended Learning website www.vcsu.edu/extend click on the Cafeteria Credit Information button)
How do I register and pay for credit?
Where do I send the verification form?
Verification forms are mailed to: Dave Bass, 101 College Street SW, Valley City, ND 58072. Teachers should be registered for credit prior to sending in the verification forms.
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 held outside of your regular school day hours.
What PD activities/meetings don't count towards 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 graduate 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
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 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 email@example.com or call 701-845-7303 for a letter verifying course completion. To order official transcripts go to the VCSU Registrar’s office website or click http://www.vcsu.edu/registrar/vp.htm?p=171. Unofficial transcripts can be printed through Campus Connection at any time http://www.vcsu.edu/extend/vp.htm?p=1018.
2018-19 Recording Dates
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?
Course number is not needed for online registration. If using paper form, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a course number.
Cafeteria Planning Committee Members are:
Dave Bass, VCSU; Bob Toso, Superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools; Louise Dardis, Asst. Superintendent of West Fargo Schools; Bob Grosz, Asst. Superintendent of Fargo Schools; Sandy Zahn, SEEC Professional Development Coordinator; and Jennifer Glasheen, SEEC Instructional Specialist