These guidelines provide an overview of the procedure and guidelines for proposals. If the guidelines are unclear, or if your program has some unique characteristics that require special input, please contact Curriculum Services, for undergraduate programs.
New certificates require approval from the campus community. The final authority for approving the certificate program resides with the University President.
Below is a listing of eight specific requirements for certificate programs proposed at CSU, Chico ( (EM 02-10).
1. A certificate program shall be defined as a group of university-level courses or related experiences certified by academic units as equivalent to university coursework on this campus. Successful completion of such a program shall be recognized with a certificate of completion awarded by the University.
2. Students shall qualify for admission to certificate programs only if they are admissible by university and department standards, policies, and procedures. Students qualifying for admission may be completing or have completed a baccalaureate and wish to receive additional certification in a professionally oriented field of study,or the student may choose not to go beyond the program of courses and activities required for the certificate.
3. The certificate program shall be devised with consent of the department curriculum committee, the department, and the college curriculum committee and shall then be submitted for approval to the Education Policies and Programs Committee and the Provost. In addition, the expertise of the professional group involved with the certificate program should be sought and incorporated into the program. All appropriate areas, departments, and colleges that may likely be served by such an offering shall be consulted.
4. The educational experiences to be provided in a certificate program will be those considered appropriate for degree programs including, but not limited to, regular campus classes, special-session degree-credit classes, and additional internship experience where required. Existing courses in the appropriate major and whenever possible in ancillary areas should be incorporated.
5. With the exception of post-baccalaureate certificate programs, a certificate program shall include no fewer than 21 units, at least 15 of which must be in upper-division or graduate work. Lower-division prerequisites may be included in the program as necessary. A maximum of 9 units of transfer credit may be allowed in a certification program.
6. A post-baccalaureate certificate program shall include no fewer than 12 units at the 400-level or higher, at least 9 of which must be at the 600-level. Lower-division prerequisites may not be included in the program. A maximum of 3 units of transfer credit may be allowed in a post-baccalaureate certificate program.
7. With the exception of post-baccalaureate certificate programs, a grade point average of 2.5 must be earned for courses required for the certificate program with at least a "C" earned in each course. A grade point average of 3.0 must be earned for courses required for the post-baccalaureate certificate program with at least a "B-" earned in each course.
8. Certificate programs shall be initiated in the same way as degree and minor programs and shall undergo the same subsequent review processes. Thus certification programs will be specifically addressed when the most closely related degree program undergoes its periodic (Five-Year) review.
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