Personal Development Credit

Getting a Personal Development CreditState Your Intentions

The first step to getting a Personal Development Credit is to talk to the Program Manager about your intentions to do so. Once you’ve done that, you’re on your way!

Invest Your Time

In order to qualify for half a PDC, you will have to spend 55 hours of your time working on programming lessons. For a full credit, you will need to spend 110 hours. We know that sounds like a lot of time but it’s really not! If you come to one program every week in our Fall or Spring terms (both of which are 12 weeks long) that’s 24 hours under your belt! If you attend two programs every week in one of those terms you’ve accumulated 48 hours of program time! The remaining 7 hours can be accomplished by completing your next step.

Reflect On Your Learning

In order to qualify for a PDC, you’ll have to prove to us that you’ve learned something new, not just about the artform your studying but also about yourself. That means you will be expected to submit two 1-page written reflections to the Program Manager. Although these reflections won’t be graded, it’s important to try your best to clearly explain what you’ve learned. If the Program Manager feels like you could reflect further, they will ask you to take another shot. The Program Manager will be available by appointment during Tuesday night Drop In to meet with you and discuss your progress if you feel like you need help.

Be Prepared To Show Off Your Work

So you’ve stated your intention to pursue a Personal Development Credit, you’ve invested your time into the programs, and you’ve worked with the Program Manager to make sure you’ve reflected on your learning… what’s next? We’re glad you asked!

At the end of every Fall, Winter, and Spring term, the MacPhee Centre hosts a Program Celebration and this is your chance to show off all your hard work. You will be expected to take part in the celebration by either displaying a visual piece of art you’ve been working on, or perform a song or play that you’ve written. This step can be nerve wracking because there are a lot of people at our celebrations but don’t worry! Everyone in the audience is there to make sure you feel supported and celebrated, nobody is judging your work. This is a mandatory part of receiving the credit so make sure you consider whether it’s something you can really see yourself doing. We know you can do it, and we’ll help you along the way if you need it.

Receive Your Certificate

Finally, you’ve done everything you need to do to earn yourself a Personal Development Credit but how do you make sure it’s recognized on your official school transcripts? First, inform the Program Manager that you have completed everything and will be pursuing this credit with your guidance counsellor. The Program Manager will give you a printed certificate indicating that they are sure you’ve completed all your requirements. Afterwards, bring it to you guidance counsellor and talk to them about filling out a Personal Development Credit Student Notification Form. It’s important that you take this step after you’ve completed the necessary time and documentation requirements at the MacPhee Centre. Attach your certificate (or a copy of it) to your Student Notification Form and return it to your guidance counsellor, they’ll handle it from there.

It’s Really That Simple!

If you’re already taking programs at the MacPhee Centre, why not use your time to help you graduate? We’d be happy to say we helped and you’ll have to spend a little less time in school.





For more information on the Personal Development Credit process, please click the link below to be redirected to the Personal Development Credits Information for Students and Parents/Guardians manual published by the Department of Education.


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