College of Extended Learning
College Administrative Offices
|Interim Director||Linda Buckley||338-3376|
SF State Downtown Campus
835 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
|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|
|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 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.
The Open University (Concurrent Enrollment)
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, SF State will accept up to 24 semester units of credit earned through Open University registration. For graduate degrees, SF State will generally accept, with adviser's approval, up to 6 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 SF State, 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: http://academic.sfsu.edu/apd/; www.cel.sfsu.edu/.
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.)
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
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Pre-Health Professions Certificate
Clinical Laboratory Sciences Certificate
Winter Session enrollment is open to everyonecontinuing 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 4 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 9 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, 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 www.cel.sfsu.edu.