Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Community College Certificate 

  1. What is the purpose of the community college certificate?

    The certificate provides a Graduate certification for professionals who want a career in a Community College setting.  The purpose is for professional preparation of entry-level professionals and career changers to assume roles that support student learning and development, both in and outside of the classroom at the community college.

  2. What are the anticipated outcomes?

    After completing the certificate program, participants will be able to:

    • Articulate the historical events that shape California Community Colleges
      • Understand legislation, policies, and laws impacting community colleges.
    • Explain the mission, philosophy and organizational structure of the California Community College System.
    • Display behaviors and professionalism that aligns with values of a just, equitable, and inclusive leader.
  3. Who should enroll?

    Participants should:

    • Hold a Master’s Degree in Education or a related field (from any accredited institution).
    • Be in the process of completing a Master’s Degree (from CSUF) in a discipline that would lead to teaching or student services in a community college.
    • Desire upward mobility, current community college leasers interested in advancement.
    •  Desire an entry level positions that support student learning and development in and outside of the classroom.
  4. When are my classes normally held?

    Once weekend per month:

    • Friday evenings
    • Saturday all day
  5. Course Listing:

    EDAD 520: History and Function of Community Colleges (3 units)
    Overview of American and California community colleges, including history, administration and contemporary issues such as student development and learning outcomes, student diversity, access and equity.

    EDAD 522: College Student’s Characteristics and Cultures (3 units)
    Students in postsecondary education in the United States. Major demographic groups (race, class, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, etc.) and their experiences with access, equity, campus cultures and retention at two- and four-year institutions.

    EDAD 568: Higher Ed Fieldwork (3 units)
    At least 200 hours at two different sites demonstrating competence in applying theory to practice, assessment, evaluation, and program design and implementation, supervised by an approved educational leader who provides feedback for learning and growth as a student affairs educator/leader.

    9 applicable units from the Master’s Degree or other related courses
    • Research and Methods course
    • Teaching Methods
    • Student Learning and Development

    o Total Units Required: 18 units

  6. How much does the certificate program cost?

    The cost of the program varies based on your enrollment status. For detailed information on cost per unit please visit the following link:

    (Note this information is for the 2014-2015 academic school year)

  7. Is this an online program or face-to-face?

    The program is currently face-to-face; however, we are exploring the option of offering both online and face-to-face in the near future.

  8. How do I apply?

    • To apply to the certificate program you must first apply to the university through CSUMentor at .
    • Submit all university and college transcripts to the Office of Admission and Records (LH 114).
    • The Educational Leadership Department requires additional supplemental application material that can be found at
  9. Do I have to take the GRE?

    No, you do not have to take the GRE for the certificate program.

  10. Do I have to be working at a community college to join this program?

    No, you do not have to be currently working in the community college or have ever had experience in a community college.

  11. Can I teach at a community college with this certificate?

    This certificate will not fulfill the requirement to teach at a community college. However, the certificate will enhance ones knowledge and understanding of the community college and may provide one with a competitive advantage.

    Refer to the following link for minimum qualifications for teaching in a community college:

  12. When are registration dates?

    Please refer to the following link:

  13. How long does it take to complete the certificate?

    This is an 8 unit program; however, 9 units must be approved from your master’s program and 9 units from new course work. Time length of the certificate program is dependent on each individual, it can be completed in as few as two semesters or it can take multiple semesters. Interested persons should meet with an advisor in the Educational Leadership department to get an accurate time frame for completion.

  14.  Professional Links:

    How to get Community College Student Affairs Professional Jobs:

    Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges:


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