Program Overview

CSU in Sacramento offers students a flexible online certificate program to prepare for professional careers as Community College Faculty members. The supplemental certificate aims to build on already learned foundations from a Bachelor or Masters degree, while also introducing students to the pedagogical skills for effective teaching and learning methods at the community college level. 

Community colleges nationwide are responsible for reaching a young professional demographic to fulfill dreams and aspirations of furthering their education in either obtaining a valuable skill or setting the foundation for entrance into a four-year college or university. Community colleges are often in need of well-educated and trained individuals who can accept the roles and responsibilities necessary to manage a highly diverse environment with limited resources. 

The certificate program should provide graduate students with the critical coursework and classroom experiences to prepare as competent contributors in current or future careers as community college instructors or administrators. The specialized coursework, combined with required teaching experience, may ensure graduates abilities to perform effectively and efficiently when fulfilling the objectives of a community college. The certificate program includes several Masters level courses covering topics of interest such as: general pedagogy, curriculum development, instructional communication and assessment, effective learning strategies and techniques, and diverse student populations. 

Students who complete the certificate requirements may have the opportunity to claim California State University graduate credits as well as the accumulated network of professionals in the field and related industries to facilitate future learning as well as develop beneficial programs for faculty, staff, and students of community colleges.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    The first graduation--in 1948--at California State University, Sacramento awarded a single degree. Since that date, more than 200,000 students have earned degrees at Sacramento State. Founded in 1947, the University first shared facilities with a junior college, then moved to its own campus in 1949, and finally relocated to a permanent home along the American River in 1959. 

    Today, the public, 4-year institution retains the official California State University, Sacramento title, but promotes the use of Sacramento State, or Sac State. Students at Sacramento State can pursue bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. To date, the University offers undergraduate majors and master’s programs, along with post-baccalaureate certificates and doctorate degrees. Non-traditional programs, including distance education degrees and coursework, at Sacramento State are housed in the College of Continuing Education. Students can participate in online, on-campus, evening/weekend, and hybrid learning environments.


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