New Certificate or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation Program

A Certificate Program comprises a coherent set of academic courses, considerably narrower in scope and objectives than a degree or major, leading to the award of a certificate. A Certificate Program is normally oriented toward occupations and/or career skills. Undergraduate Certificates contain a minimum of 20 units. Of these 20 units at last 12 must be numbered 3000 and above. Postbaccalaureate and Graduate Certificates must each contain a minimum of 15 units and consist entirely of 5000- and/or 6000-level courses. Each Certificate Program must contain a required core of at least three courses or 12 units. Prerequisites which are part of a regular degree major or mandatory General Education-Breadth Requirements need not be included within the Certificate Program, but must be clearly identified. No academic Certificate Program can have a title which is identical or similar to that of a legal license or certificate unless it meets the requirements for that license or certificate.

Certificate Programs are designed to serve students who have a limited time to spend at CSUEB and/or wish to learn specific subjects, concepts, skills, and competencies. Most Certificate Programs add a specific occupational skill to an academic major which was previously completed or is being completed concurrently. Such programs are compatible with the related major and contain no prerequisites not included in the major and/or required G.E. Some Certificate Programs are designed to provide the preprofessional background for students contemplating transfer to other universities offering programs not available at East Bay. These Certificate Programs have been made compatible with the professional program by including all prerequisites or strongly recommended preparatory courses which are offered by CSUEB. Still other Certificate Programs are the equivalent of minors which can be earned without a degree. These are normally completed by students who already possess a baccalaureate degree and want to add some skills in a new field without completing another entire degree. Such certificate programs meet at least the minimal requirements for an academic minor in the discipline.

Because Certificate Programs are not authorized by the CSU Board of Trustees or the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC), their completion is not noted on a student's transcript.

A Credential Program is a program which 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).

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

Request for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in _____.

You have decided that a new certificate, credential, or subject matter preparation program in your department is needed. Once the approval of the Department Chair has been obtained, complete a Request for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in form, following the instructions found in brackets. (Remember to delete the bracketed text as you respond to each item.) Direct any questions regarding completing the form to your College Curriculum Coordinator. After completing the Request for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in _____ form, submit it to your College Curriculum Coordinator for placement on the next agenda of your College Curriculum Committee. The College Curriculum Coordinator is responsible for providing his/her departments with the deadline dates for submitting Requests for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in _____.

After the approval of the College Curriculum Committee and the Dean and/or Associate Dean, the College Curriculum Coordinator is responsible for posting to the Team Discussion section of the Academic Programs and Graduate Studies (APGS) Curriculum SharePoint site (https://sharepoint.csueastbay.edu/sites/aa/apgs/curr/default.aspx), the college-approved New Course Request form. Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, and the Articulation Officer (using the site's E-mail Alert system set up individually by the people in these groups) are responsible for reviewing the proposal and noting any concerns and/or helpful feedback via the Team Discussion section of the Curriculum SharePoint site. The College Curriculum Coordinator will monitor the site and forward any objections to the appropriate people in that College. After five working days, if there are no objections, or after an objection has been considered, the curriculum proposal is eligible to be reviewed by APGS. The College Curriculum Coordinator sends the Request for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in _____ as an e-mail attachment to the University Curriculum Coordinator in APGS. The University Curriculum Coordinator will ensure that the proposal is reviewed by the Associate Vice President in APGS.

Any course proposals required for the new certificate, credential, or subject matter preparation program must be submitted with the program proposal.

New Certificate, Credential or Subject Matter Preparation Programs, with or without objections, will require review beyond the Associate Vice Presidents, 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). A final copy will be forwarded to the Academic Senate Office by the University Curriculum Coordinator for review by the appropriate committees.

New Certificates, Credential, and Subject Matter Preparation Programs can only take effect in Fall Quarter. College-approved Request for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in _____ forms must be submitted to the University Curriculum Coordinator by July 1 of the year before the Fall Quarter in which the new program takes effect. For example, new programs for the 2010/11 University Catalog are due by July 1, 2009. The deadline to submit Request for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in _____ forms to your college office will be much earlier. Check with your College Curriculum Coordinator to see what those submission deadlines are.

Routing of Request for Approval of New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in ______ forms


  1. Faculty Member via Department Chair or Department Chair
  2. College Curriculum Coordinator
  3. Dean and/or Associate Dean
  4. College Curriculum Committee

    The order of steps 2), 3), and 4) above may vary depending on your College. Consult your College Curriculum Coordinator for the proper routing in your College.
  5. College Curriculum Coordinator alerts all university Department Chairs, Program Directors, Associate Deans, Deans, and the Articulation Officer to review the college-approved curriculum request under the Team Discussion section on the Academic Programs and Graduate Studies Curriculum SharePoint Site https://sharepoint.csueastbay.edu/sites/aa/apgs/curr/default.aspx.
  6. After five working days, the College Curriculum Coordinator sends the New Certificate (or Credential or Subject Matter Preparation) Program in _____ Request as an e-mail attachment to the University Curriculum Coordinator in APGS.
  7. University Curriculum Coordinator forwards proposed curriculum request to the Associate Vice President of APGS for review.
  8. University Curriculum Coordinator forwards the final, approved copy to the College Curriculum Coordinator.
  9. Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)*
  10. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)*
  11. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (EXCOM)*
  12. Academic Senate*
  13. University President
  14. New Credentials and Subject Matter Preparation Programs go on to be approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

*If any of these committees require that revisions be made, the University Curriculum Coordinator will make sure a revised copy goes to the Academic Senate Office.

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