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College of Extended Learning

College Administrative Offices (ADM 153) Extension*

Dean Peter M. Dewees 1371 Associate Dean/Director of Summer and Winter Sessions Jo Volkert 1377 Director of Fiscal/Computing Services Robert Craig 1212

SFSU Downtown Center

425 Market Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 904-7700 Dean Peter M. Dewees 904-7799 Executive Director, Continuing Education and the Downtown Center Marci Manderscheid 904-7790 Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Dana Claire 904-7780 Facilities Coordinator Holly Tigard 904-7746

Program Directory

Certificate Programs Director Extension

Construction Practices Mary Pieratt 1533 Holistic Health Celia Sullivan 2127 Legal/Court Interpretation (Spanish/English) Lee Gallery 904-7770 Music/Recording Industry Mary Pieratt 1533 Paralegal Studies Lee Gallery 904-7770 Preschool-Daycare Early Childhood Education Lynn Steinman 1378 Professional Practice of Internal Auditing Celia Sullivan 2127

Professional Training and Other Programs

AutoCAD Training Center Marci Manderscheid 904-7737 Diversity Strategies Lauren Vanett 904-7777 Elders Programs Celia Sullivan 2127 English Fluency Lauren Vanett 904-7777 Geographic Information Systems Hugh Howard 6140 Global Business Studies Marci Manderscheid 904-7790 Human Resources Management: Fundamental Issues Lee Gallery 904-7770 In-Service Training (Contract Education) Jo Volkert 1377 Meeting Planning Mary Pieratt 1533 Microstation Training Multimedia Studies Program Randall Packer 904-7740 Professional Communication Skills Lauren Vanett 904-7777 Telecommunications Lee Gallery 904-7770 Tourism Program Mary Pieratt 1533 Travel Study, U.S. and International Mary Pieratt 1533 Wildlands Studies Jo Volkert 1377
*For calls from off campus, dial the prefix 338, then the 4-digit extension number.

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 Summer and Winter Sessions, continuing education courses, Open University, travel study programs, contract courses, professional training series, and certificate 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 Center, 425 Market Street (at Fremont).


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 s/he meets the prerequisites of the course; it is not necessary that s/he also be admitted to the university. All credit-bearing continuing education courses earn residence credit, with the exception of Open University and contract courses.

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 and spring semesters and in 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 extension credit which can be applied with limitations toward degrees. For baccalaureate degrees, SFSU will accept up to 24 semester units of credit earned through a combination of SFSU Open University, other courses earning extension credit, and correspondence courses from other universities and colleges. For graduate degrees, SFSU will generally accept, with adviser's approval, up to six semester units of credit earned through a combination of SFSU Open University, any extension credit courses, credit by examination, and transfer work from other colleges and universities. Open University and other courses earning extension credit may not be used to fulfill the minimum residence requirements for graduation.

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, s/he 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 further information (338-1373).


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.


The Summer Sessions program is designed for regularly enrolled students who wish to accelerate progress toward a degree or credential; prospective students who wish to begin course work while admission to the university is in process; members of the community who wish to enroll in a course or courses for professional advancement or personal enrichment; and visitors who wish to take advantage of San Francisco State University's faculty and curriculum during the summer months.

The Summer Sessions curriculum includes courses which range from lower division through the graduate level. Summer Sessions offerings are regular university courses and apply toward residence and graduation requirements, as well as credential requirements. Though no application process is required for Summer Sessions registration, students must satisfy all prerequisites for the courses in which they intend to register.

The university conducts three overlapping six-week sessions, four three-week sessions, and one eight-week session during Summer Sessions. Weekend workshops are scheduled throughout the summer. The Summer Sessions catalog is available in March from Extended Learning. The catalog contains course descriptions, special offerings, a registration form, and instructions. Registration may be completed by mail, phone, or fax. Summer enrollment does not constitute admission to the university.

Maximum Unit Load


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 (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 nine units before applying to a certificate program.

Writing Skills

The certificate programs' course content requires a good grasp of 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.

Certificate Areas

The College of Extended Learning offers certificate programs in these areas:

Construction Practices

Holistic Health

Legal/Court Interpretation (Spanish/English)

Music/Recording Industry

Paralegal Studies

Preschool-Daycare Early Childhood Education

Professional Practice of Internal Auditing

The certificate programs can be found in the Academic Programs section of this Bulletin. Consult Index for page reference.

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.

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