Seminar FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the National Korean Studies Seminar:

  • What is the 1 USC credit?
    • The USC credit is not a semester or quarter unit. It is a professional development credit also known as continuing education units (CEU). Since the teachers who attend the seminar don’t get grades and are not taking classes at USC, they are eligible for this “professional development” credit. The purpose of this credit is for teachers who think that at some point in their life, they might transfer out the of district. It will look good on their resume and will benefit them. Salary points from LAUSD are not recognized by other districts, so paying USC the $120 provides a transcript that will validate the professional development credit. Some teachers who decide to take salary points and then decide they want later to get USC credit will NOT be able to make this change.
    • So the advantage of the $120 credit is transferable to other districts and is worth doing if a teacher thinks that they want to continue teaching, but relocate to another district or independent school.
    • 3 CEUs is the equivalent of 30 hours (1 unit = 10 hours). LAUSD gives 3 salary points when someone submits for 45 hours.  The salary points are calculated at the same rate as semester units which is 15 hours per unit.
    • Participants who choose to receive this USC credit will be asked to complete an outbound survey throughout the 5-days of the seminar, to be completed and submitted by the last day of the seminar. It will take approximately 3 hours to complete the survey.


  • What time does the parking lot for the seminar venue (Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles (KCCLA)) open?
    • KCCLA parking lot will open around 7:20 am.  The front door of the KCCLA building will open at 7:30am, so at that time, attendees can come up early to the lecture hall.  Breakfast will served from 7:40 am.


  • Do we have to attend all 5-days in order to receive back the $50 refundable deposit?
    • Yes, seminar participants must attend all 5-days of the seminar in order to have their $50 refundable deposit returned to them, and to receive the LAUSD or USC credits.