Alternative Learning Opportunities

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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 from one unit for part-time work to twelve units for full-time work. 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, email 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 with the individual departments.