Alternative Learning Opportunities
Cooperative Education Program
The Cooperative Education Program offers students an opportunity to receive credit for academically relevant field assignments in which theoretical course work can be applied to real world problems. Students may receive either six units for part-time work or twelve units for full-time work. Accumulated units count toward a Certificate in Cooperative Education. Units are not intended to replace general education or major curricular course work. Limited free elective units may be substituted upon approval of advising faculty, or the cooperative education faculty coordinator within the student's major field of study. This program is open to all university majors. For further information, go to TH 215 or call (415) 338-1050.
Credit by Evaluation for Experiential Learning (CEEL)
CEEL is designed to meet the needs of students whose university-level prior learning experiences can be evaluated for credit towards certain general education, major, or elective requirements of the University. Credit is offered only after a comprehensive and searching evaluation by a faculty member in the area for which credit is sought and approved by a team of assigned faculty members. Two types of credit can be earned through CEEL.
Residence Units. Students who work closely with an SF State faculty member and develop an extensive portfolio regarding prior learning can earn a maximum of six residence units under CEEL 300.
Non-Residence Units. Through the portfolio process a student can earn a maximum of 30 units beyond the six CEEL course credits above. These 30 units will be recorded on the SF State transcript as "Advanced Standing" and are considered transfer credits. These units will not meet SF State residence requirements toward the baccalaureate degree.
Enrolled students should contact the CEEL Coordinator in the Advising Center for further information.
Amount of Credit. Credit for prior "Advanced Standing" will not exceed 30 units including any units for experiential learning which may be accepted as a result of California State University policy from other institutions. The faculty in any academic program may set additional limits on the number of experiential learning units accepted, or required, for majors or minors in that program.
Departmental Internship Programs
There are internship programs offered in the academic curricula of San Francisco State University. Internships have become the major factor in gaining employment after graduation. For details, check the departments or contact the Career Center at (415) 338-1761.
The Intensive Learning Program (ILP) was designed specifically to improve the retention and graduation of those students who, based on ELM and EPT scores, are the most seriously under prepared in the critical skills of written communication and mathematics. The target population are those first-time freshmen who have scored 370 and below on the Entry Level Mathematics test and/or 141 and below on the English Placement Test. A goal of this program is to increase the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.
Students are given an orientation in special ILP classes. These classes are smaller in size (approximately eighteen students per class) along with special curriculum designed specifically to prepare students to succeed in first year composition and/or with their quantitative reasoning. The progress of each ILP student is carefully monitored by the ILP staff.
San Francisco State University has a contractual arrangement with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C., to provide matriculated students with internship experiences in the nation's capital. Internship placements are made in a variety of executive, legislative, and judicial offices of the government. Students are also placed in other sites such as trade and professional associations, lobbying groups, national media corporations, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, environmental offices, and political parties.
Registration for The Washington Center credit involves the same registration procedures and fees as courses taught on campus. Credit (usually 9-12 units) is awarded through regular course offerings. The Washington Center has scholarships available to assist with housing, transportation, and other expenses.