College of Extended Learning

College Administrative Offices

Title Officer Telephone
Dean Dr. Alex Hwu 817-4260
Associate Dean Dr. Angie Lipschuetz 817-4205
Chief Administrative Officer Julie Briden 817-4260
Director of Recruitment and Partner Relations Alexander Chang 817-4232
Director of Budget and Finance Elaine Feng 817-4292
Director of Center for Global Engagement Saroj Quinn 817-4325
Associate Director, Center for Global Engagement Ge-Yao Liu 817-4226
Director of Enrollment Services Atanas Maximov 817-4272
Director of Marketing Sameer Bhasin 817-4246
College of Extended Learning Administrative Offices
SF State Downtown Campus
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 405-7700

Program Directory

Certificate Programs Contact Telephone
Autodesk Authorized Training Center Karen Villanueva 817-4324
Clinical Lab Sciences Janet Alford 817-4264
Clinical Medical Assistant Jenifer Graff 817-4253
Clinical Trials Design and Management Karen Villanueva 817-4324
Dietetics Janet Alford 817-4264
Digital Animation Baseemah Rahman 817-4296
E-Learning Design and Development Karen Villanueva 817-4324
English for Professional Purposes Karen Villanueva 817-4324
Event and Meeting Planning Baseemah Rahman 817-4296
Family Nurse Practitioner Janet Alford 817-4264
Film and Media Studies Janet Alford 817-4264
Geographic Information Systems Afitap Boz 817-4227
Holistic Health Janet Alford 817-4264
Hospitality and Tourism Management Saroj Quinn 817-4325
Human Resource Management: Fundamental Issues Karen Villanueva 817-4324
International Business Saroj Quinn 817-4325
Marketing Baseemah Rahman 817-4296
Multimedia Studies Baseemah Rahman 817-4296
Music and Recording Industry Baseemah Rahman 817-4296
Nonprofit Management Afitap Boz 817-4227
Paralegal Studies Eduardo Cerpa 817-4222
Pharmacy Technician Jenifer Graff 817-4253
Pre-Health Professions Janet Alford 817-4264
Pre-Nursing Janet Alford 817-4264
Project Management Afitap Boz 817-4227
Screenwriting Janet Alford 817-4264
Spanish and English Interpretation Eric Bishop 817-4223

Professional Training and Other Programs

Programs Contact Telephone
Accelerated Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing Janet Alford 817-4264
American Language Institute Saroj Quinn 338-7384
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Off Campus Janet Alford 817-4264
Elder College Eduardo Cerpa 817-4222
Master of Business Administration: Executive Sanjit Sengupta 817-4366
Open University Afitap Boz 817-4227
Professional Development for Teachers Jenifer Graff 817-4253
Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology Afitap Boz 817-4227

Programs Directory

Extended Learning is the college of the University that is responsible for all program and course offerings not supported by state appropriations. These include continuing education courses, Winter Session, 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, pursue a new career direction, or expand their existing skills in a particular industry.

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, at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street (Powell BART/Muni), and at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus as well as several off-campus locations.

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing education is the medium through which the resources, skills, and talents of SF State are extended into the larger Bay Area community. The continuing education program is designed for those 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 they meet the prerequisites for the course; it is not necessary that they 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 canceled if enrollment is not sufficient.

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

Winter Session

Winter Session enrollment is open to everyone—continuing and prospective SF State students, people from the community, and visitors. Scheduled during the last two weeks of December and the first three weeks of January, the 1-, 2-, and 3-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.

Open University

Many of the courses offered to regularly enrolled SF State 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 advisor'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, they are 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 at (415) 405-7700, Option 5.

Contract Credit (Contract Education)

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.

Academic Programs

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 list currently includes the following:

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Off-Campus)

Graduate Degree Programs

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) for Executives 
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Entry Level Accelerated

Credential Programs

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential Program: School Psychology

Certificate Programs (Academic)

  • Bridge to Master in Business Administration
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences Certificate
  • Digital Animation Certificate
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Film and Media Studies Certificate
  • Holistic Health Certificate

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate

  • International Business Certificate

  • Music and Recording Industry Certificate

  • Paralegal Studies Certificate

  • Pre-Health Professions Certificate
  • Pre-Nursing Certificate
  • Screenwriting Certificate
  • Spanish and English Interpretation

Certificate Programs

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.

Admission to Certificate Programs

To be admitted to some academic certificate programs, 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 website at for more information.