College of Extended Learning

College Administrative Offices Telephone
Dean Gail Whitaker 817-4260
Associate Dean Jim Bryan 817-4260

SFSU Downtown Campus
835 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Program Directory
Certificate Programs Contact Telephone
AutoCAD Training Center Cathy Flight 817-4226
Clinical Trials (Biotechnology) Cathy Flight 817-4226
Conflict Management Cathy Flight 817-4226
Core Strengths Coaching Lauren Vanett 817-4246
Digital Media Production Craig Abaya 817-4230
Digital Video Intensive Craig Abaya 817-4230
English for Professional Purposes Lauren Vanett 817-4246
Event and Meeting Planning Gregory Gaston 817-4240
Executive MBA Aaron Anderson 817-4321
Financial Planning Gregory Gaston 817-4240
Family Nurse Practitioner Dr. Grace Hardie 405-0484
Geographic Information Systems Barry Nickel 338-3566
Holistic Health Richard Kay 817-4252
Hospitality Management Karen Maguire 817-4228
Human Resource Management: Fundamental Issues Lauren Vanett 817-4246
Integrated Marketing Lauren Vanett 817-4246
International Business Richard Kay 817-4252
Spanish/English Interpretation Eric Bishop 817-4223
Multimedia Studies Craig Abaya 817-4230
Music/Recording Industry Greg Gaston 814-4240
Paralegal Studies Pat Medina 817-4222
Professional Practice of Internal Auditing Richard Kay 817-4252
Project Management Cathy Flight 817-4226
Public Accountancy Richard Kay 817-4252
Professional Training and Other Programs
American Language Institute Kathy Sherak 338-7382
Credit Partners (Contract Education) Richard Kay 817-4252
Elder College   405-7700
Executive MBA Aaron Anderson 817-4321
Human Sexuality Summer Institute Richard Kay 817-4252
Osher Lifelong learning Institute Debra Varner 817-4243
Pre-Health Professions Richard Kay 817-4252
Professional Communication Skills Lauren Vanett 817-4246
Sierra Nevada Field Campus Richard Kay 817-4252

Extended Learning

Extended Learning is the college of the university that is responsible for all program and course offerings not supported by state appropriations. These include Winter Sessions, continuing education courses, Open University, short-term study abroad programs, contract courses, professional training series, certificate programs, and off-campus degree programs. In contrast with degree programs which require matriculation and a degree objective, most Extended Learning programs allow any adult and selected high school students to participate. The primary objective of Extended Learning is to augment the regular university offerings and to provide further educational opportunities for all who wish to gain new knowledge and skills or to enhance those already acquired.

Courses are taught by regular San Francisco State University faculty, visiting faculty, and practicing professionals. All are specialists in their fields. Classes are offered at the 19th Avenue and Holloway campus location, and at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street (Powell BART/Muni).


Continuing education is the medium through which the resources, skills, and talents of San Francisco State University are extended into the larger San Francisco area community. The continuing education program is designed for those who are unable to take university degree courses but who wish to pursue university-level study for purposes of resuming an interrupted or uncompleted education, to augment professional or vocational abilities, or to enhance personal growth and fulfillment.

Continuing education offerings include regularly established university courses as well as non-credit seminars and conferences, special weekend programs and travel study programs. Workshops and courses designed to meet the needs of particular groups and agencies may be initiated at various times during the year. Any adult may enroll in a continuing education course provided he/she meets the prerequisites of the course; it is not necessary that he/she also be admitted to the university.

Continuing education is self-supporting. Registration fees make possible the classes and programs offered. Therefore, individual courses or programs may be cancelled if enrollment is not sufficient.

Courses are offered during the fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions.


Many of the courses offered to regularly enrolled San Francisco State University students are also available to continuing education students through Open University on a space available basis. Students enrolling through Open University earn residence credit which can be applied with limitations toward degrees. For baccalaureate degrees, SFSU will accept up to 24 semester units of credit earned through Open University registration. For graduate degrees, SFSU will generally accept, with adviser's approval, up to six semester units of credit earned through Open University.

Matriculated (regular) students, including foreign students with F-1 visas, may not enroll through Open University. As soon as a student is admitted to and enrolled in the university, he/she is considered a matriculated student for the current semester and for the next two semesters following the current semester. Even if currently admitted students do not take classes through the regular university, they may not take Open University courses because they are still eligible to register as matriculated students.

Newly admitted students who do not pay fees and do not enroll in regular university courses (that is, they do not matriculate) may take Open University classes, but will lose their status as admitted students.

Matriculated students who register in Open University courses are disenrolled without refund of fees and do not receive any credit on their permanent records. There are no exceptions to this regulation.

Contact the Extended Learning Office for information (405-7700).


Extended Learning offers Bay Area employers and organizations the service of reviewing their planned or existing in-house training programs for university or professional credit.

If a course is approved by a university department, participants receive a permanent university record of either extension academic credit or professional Continuing Education Units (CEUs), depending on the nature of the training. If the training program satisfies university requirements for content and quality, contract education can provide a convenient mechanism for organizations to enhance the value of their training.


A limited number of degree, credential, and certificate programs are offered through special sessions. To be considered officially matriculated at SFSU, special sessions students must be admitted to a specific degree, credential, or certificate program offered by an academic department via the College of Extended Learning (CEL) and then enroll through CEL in the courses for that specific program. Special sessions degree, credential, and certificate students have matriculated status. An updated list of current and anticipated special sessions programs, grouped by category (degree, credential, and certificate) is available at the following web sites:;

The list currently includes the following:

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Off-Campus)
Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development (Dual Language Program)

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A.): Executive
Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Educational Administration: Offered in San Rafael and San Mateo
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Credential Programs

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and Professional Administrative Services Credential: Offered in San Rafael via the Marin Leadership Academy
Single Subject Instruction Credential Program: Offered via the Bay Area Teachers Center

Multiple Subject Instruction Credential Program: Offered via the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute
Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology Designation

Certificate Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Pre-Health Professions Certificate

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Certificate


Winter Session enrollment is open to everyone—continuing and prospective San Francisco State University students, people from the community and visitors. Scheduled during the first three weeks of January, the one-, two-, and three-unit courses are primarily designed to meet the needs of students who wish to accelerate their academic progress. Winter Session courses earn residence credit and range from both lower- and upper-division credit courses to graduate level offerings. The maximum number of units a student may earn in Winter Session is four units.


Certificate programs are designed for people who want formal recognition for completing a structured and rigorous course of study in a specific field, but who may not be interested in pursuing a university degree program.

Certificates are awarded when participants complete the required number of units or courses for the program, and other requirements, as stipulated. Students may enroll in up to nine units before applying to a certificate program.

The certificate programs can be found in the Academic Programs section of this Bulletin (see Summary of Certificate Programs for links to specific programs).

Writing Skills

The certificate programs' course content requires good writing skills. Certificate students are asked to demonstrate their writing ability soon after admission to the certificate program to satisfy the university literacy requirement. Those who do not have the necessary writing skills are referred to ENG 414, Elements of Writing (3), which is offered regularly through Open University and Summer Sessions.

Admission to Certificate Programs

To be admitted to a certificate program, students should have completed 56 units of academic credit or have sufficient experience to demonstrate they can perform upper division work. Students who do not have 56 units may be accepted on probation and are encouraged to apply. Please visit the web site at

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