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Request for New Certificate, Credential, or Subject Matter Preparation Program

Undergraduate Certificate Program Requirements

A certificate program is a coherent set of academic courses, considerably narrower in scope and objectives than a degree or major, for which students can receive a certificate upon its successful completion. Most certificate programs are oriented toward occupations and/or career skills. A certificate program must contain at least 12 units of courses numbered 300 or above and a minimum of 15 total units. Each certificate program must contain a required core of at least three courses and 9 units. With faculty advice, special certificate programs may be available. Students should see General Education: Interdisciplinary Studies and Special Certificates chapter of the catalog.
Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in each course applied to the program. Only one course may be taken “CR/NC” in a certificate program not counting courses for which that is the only grading pattern for the course. At least 75% of the units must be taken at Cal State East Bay. (For certificate programs, Cal State East Bay courses may be taken through University Extension or as a regularly admitted and enrolled student.) Students who have already received a major, option, or minor with the same title are not eligible for the certificate.
No student is required to complete a certificate program. Completion of a certificate program is recognized by the awarding of a certificate. There is no notation about the program on either a diploma or permanent record. (The courses will, of course, be on the student’s transcript.)
Students may pursue a certificate program before, during, or after your baccalaureate degree. Unlike a minor, a certificate is not part of a degree.

 

Graduate Certificate Program Requirements

A graduate certificate program is a coherent set of academic courses, considerably narrower in scope and objectives than a degree, for which you can receive a certificate upon its successful completion. Most certificate programs are oriented toward occupations and/or career skills. Each certificate program must contain a minimum of 12 units. For programs that include undergraduate courses, the minimum is 15 units. Any undergraduate courses must be at the upper-division level. Only one course below the 600-level may be taken “CR/NC” and no graduate course may be taken “CR/NC” in a certificate program unless that is the only grading pattern for the course. Students must take at least 75% of the courses and all 600-level courses at Cal State East Bay. (For certificate programs, Cal State East Bay courses may be taken through University Extension or as a regularly admitted and enrolled student.)
No student is required to complete a certificate program. Completion of a certificate program is recognized by the awarding of a certificate. There is no notation about the program on either a diploma or permanent record. (The courses will, of course, be on the student’s permanent record.

 

Credential Program

A Credential Program is a program that has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to satisfy the professional education requirements established by law and Commission policies. (CCTC issues the credential, not CSUEB).

 

Subject Matter Preparation Program

A Subject Matter Preparation Program is a program that has been approved by the CCTC to satisfy the academic subject matter requirements for prospective teachers established by law and Commission policies.

Once the approval of the Department Chair has been obtained to propose a new certificate, credential or subject matter preparation program, you will initiate the approval process by logging into Curriculog and selecting the Start a new proposal link. New Certificate, Credential or Subject Matter Preparation Programs, with or without objections, will require review beyond the Academic Programs and Services, namely the Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR), the Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC), the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, the Academic Senate, the President of the University, and in the case of the Credential and Subject Matter Preparation Program, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Any new course proposals required for the new certificate, credential, or subject matter preparation program must be submitted with the program proposal (or prior to the submission of the proposal) in order for the proposal to continue on to the Senate committees’ review/approval process.

New Certificates, Credential, and Subject Matter Preparation Programs can only take effect in Fall Semester. See the Master Curriculum Calendar for catalog curriculum deadlines. College deadlines are earlier than those set by Academic Programs and Services. Always check with your College Curriculum Coordinator for college-specific curriculum submission deadlines.

 

Process for Approval of a New Certificate, Credential, or Subject Matter Preparation Program

Faculty Member and/or Department Chair originates proposal in Curriculog. Proposal then moves through the approval process as follows:
  1. Department Chair (if not the originator)
  2. Dean and/or Associate Dean
  3. College Curriculum Committee (proposal may require additional Dean/Associate Dean review if significant changes are made at this step)
  4. Academic Programs and Services (Technical Review, and Director, Associate Dean or Dean approval depending on proposal)
  5. Consultation (Newly approved curriculum reviewed by all Department Chairs and Associate Deans. Colleges/Departments have five working days to review proposals and submit any comments within Curriculog.) If no consultation is requested, proposal proceeds to next step.
  6. Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)
  7. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)
  8. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
  9. Academic Senate
  10. University President
  11. New Credentials and Subject Matter Preparation Programs go on to be approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
  12. University Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the completion of the proposal and addition into the catalog
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