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Welcome to the Sonoma State University School of Extended and International Education! No formal admission procedures are required for Extended Education courses except for the Conflict Resolution Certificate Program. All students must meet the prerequisites of each individual course. Prerequisites for specific courses are stated in each course description. Failure to meet course prerequisites cannot be accepted as justification for a refund of fees. If you are interested in formal admission to SSU, contact the Admissions Office for information at (707) 664-2778.
Full refunds are issued for courses canceled for any reason. Checks require one month for bank clearance prior to refund.
Courses listed in this catalog offer four types of credit to meet your academic needs:
- Special session credit is completely transferable and may be applied toward most degree requirements (excluding residency requirements) at SSU or other CSU campuses.
- Extension Academic Credit: You may apply up to 24 units of Extension credit toward a baccalaureate degree and up to nine units toward a master's degree, subject to SSU academic department approval. Students should consult other colleges directly for their Extended Education credit policy.
- CEU credit: "Continuing Education Units" are offered for various professional development courses and are designated "800" (e.g. PSY 800). CEUs are used when employers, relicensure agencies, school districts and other authorities require a specified number of hours of noncredit study for career advancement. You are awarded one CEU for each 10 hours of class participation. CEUs are not accepted for academic credit and do not apply toward degree programs or meet teaching credential requirements.
Note: 100% attendance is required; no partial credit for continuing education courses is given.
- Noncredit: Courses with a department number of "NC" (e.g. PSY NC) are available for general interest but do not award academic or continuing education units. These courses are intended for personal enrichment. You will not receive a grade report or verification of course completion.
Credit for Professional Relicensure
- Attorneys: SSU is approved as a Provider of continuing education for attorneys and paralegals (MCLE) by the State Bar of California, #5358. SSU Extended Education certifies that these activities conform to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. See Conflict Resolution sections for courses designated for relicensure credit.
- MFTs and LCSWs: SSU is approved as a Provider of continuing education for MFTs/LCSWs by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, #PCE 240. See Conflict Resolution, Counseling and Psychology for courses designated for relicensure credit.
- Nurses: SSU is approved as a Provider of continuing education for Nurses by the California Board of Registered Nursing, #CEP169. See Counseling, and Psychology for courses designated for relicensure credit.
Debts Owed to the University
Extended Education does not accept registration from students with financial obligations to the University. To assure acceptance of registration, please clear all University obligations prior to registration.
A $20 fee is charged for any dishonored check (insufficient funds, closed account or stop payment). The amount of the original dishonored check plus the $20 fee and a $25 late fee becomes a financial obligation to the University. Students who have not cleared their financial obligation by the end of the semester will have a hold placed on their records and may not receive transcripts or future University services. If the obligation continues to appear on University reports, the student's name will be submitted to the Franchise Tax Board. The state then has the authority to withhold amounts owed to the University from any tax refund to which the student may be entitled.
Students who are disqualified from the University for academic or administrative reasons, and students who have applied for admission to SSU and whose admission has been denied, are not eligible to enroll in Extended Education academic courses (i.e., special sessions, Open University and extension academic credit). If students register and their status is found to be disqualified, there will be no refund of fees and no exceptions to this regulation.
Students whose fees are to be paid by an agency please file an agency authorization with Extended Education, or submit one with the registration form.
State and Federal financial aid may be available to Extension students who are concurrently enrolled in a degree program. Undergraduate students in the Saturday BA Degree Completion program, Liberal Studies Degree Completion-Napa, and Liberal Studies Degree Completion-Solano must be enrolled in a minimum of six units; Graduate students in the MA in Psychology, MS-CES, MA Action for a Viable Future, MA Organization Development, and Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate programs must be enrolled for a minimum of four units. Further information may be obtained by visiting the Financial Aid website at www.sonoma.edu/finaid, or calling the Financial Aid Office at (707) 664-2389 between 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
California's Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) was established in compliance with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The purpose of the ETPL is to provide customer-focused employment training for adults and dislocated workers. Qualified students wishing to enroll in the certificate programs offered through the School of Extended Education may be eligible under the provisions of the Act. For more information, contact the Local Workforce Investment Act Office nearest you. A list of offices may be found here.
Sallie Mae offers a loan financing option for students attending extended education programs.* The Smart Option Loan is a flexible, competitive education loan program specifically designed for students seeking higher education. Applying with a qualified co-signer increases your chances of approval. Sallie Mae offers three payment options including deferred payments while you are in school. For more information, visit the Sallie Mae website.
*This is not meant as an endorsement and is not a preferred lender list. You are welcome to seek a private education loan from any lender of your choice that will provide loans for students attending extended education programs.
Social Security Number Usage
Students are required to provide the University with their correct social security numbers (individual taxpayer identification numbers) pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Internal Revenue Service requires the University to file information returns that include the student's social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses and interest on educational loans. That information is used to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes. Students who do not have a social security number at the time of enrollment will be required to obtain a social security number and submit it to the University within 60 days. Failure to furnish a correct social security number may result in the imposition of a penalty by the Internal Revenue Service.