Sorry you didn't get any credit.
Your right, the module system here in the east is great. First you pass skiing then you are allowed to take the teaching and tech. Its the same for Level II.
We have another great thing, the Master Teacher Program. Its 20 days of classes with two exams. (Both on snow and in classroom courses.) When you pass, if you are a Level II you become a Master Teacher. Its a different pin. With it to get Level III all you need to do is pass the skiing portion.
They have several majors in the Master Teacher Program; Children's Specialist, Special Populations, Sport Science, and, new this year, Adaptive (There's a couple of others in there.) Great program that was aimed at the older instructor who may not be able to get to the Level III skiing, but wants to become a better teacher. I've taken a few of the courses and they are great.
When they offered the first set of in door courses they were expecting about 40 people, they got close to 120. (The response blew their minds.) Most of us attending had grey hair. Great concept for advancement. I hope other divisions pick up on it.
More info can be found at the PSIA-E site http://psia-e.org/direct.htm
Its under Education. There's four "articles" about it including a list of courses.
Keep rehabbing and get stronger. Give the exam hell this year.