New Certificates

Certificate programs are defined as any program in which some form of recognition from San José State University is awarded to participants. There are two basic kinds of certificate programs, Academic and Other. Certificate programs are classified as “Academic” if students receive academic credit for any courses in the program. Certificates must follow University Policy S16-17 [pdf].

Basic certificate programs provide opportunities for students to pursue specialized, often pre-professional, focused educational objectives that may be separate from a degree program. Basic certificate programs are under the jurisdiction of the Undergraduate Studies (UGS) Committee and administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

An advanced certificate program offers postbaccalaureate students coursework leading to a specific, applied, focused goal. Advanced certificate programs are under the jurisdiction of the Graduate Studies and Research (GS&R) Committee and administered by the College of Graduate Studies. 

Certificate programs are classified as “Other” if no academic credit or grade is required to be awarded for completion of courses in the program. College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE) oversees these certificates in consultation with the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education. 

For Special Session

All special session proposals require a market analysis. Contact the College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE) to set up a meeting with the Associate Dean before moving forward with the proposal. New Special Session Certificate proposals that are created in a Plan A type (pre-approved courses) also complete the Program Review Form with the help of CPGE. This form should be submitted via the Curriculog (instructions linked) with the New Certificate Template [docx], including an Assessment Plan Template [docx] and Curriculum Map Template [docx].

For more information about Special Session programs, contact the College of Professional and Global Education 

Different types of certificates are included in this diagram. Certificates made of existing courses from a degree program (specialization badging) falls under Type A. Certificates made of existing courses from multiple degree programs - not associated with a degree - falls under Type B. Certificates that serve as prerequisites to a degree program falls under Type C. Certificates made of existing courses from a degree program (additional units - no double count) falls under Type D.