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Professional Certificates

Certificate Programs
Certificate programs are a key educational offering from SDSU’s College of Extended Studies (CES). Thousands of people have benefited from completing an SDSU certificate program, and these programs continue to be one of the core competencies of the college. Expanding to meet the needs of the workforce, the college now offers many types of certificate programs including: professional certificates, open university certificates, technology-related certificates, and online certificates.

Certificates are recognized by most employers as a significant academic accomplishment, and can lead to new jobs as well as promotions for those who obtain them. They are also typically more relevant and focused for today’s workforce than academic degrees and can be completed in a much shorter period of time.

CES offers over 50 certificates, including The Professional Certificate in Digital and Social Media. Launched in fall 2009, the certificate was created in response to a need expressed by members of professional media organizations in the San Diego region, led by the San Diego Press Club. After surveying local chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Public Relations Society of America, and members of the San Diego Press Club, educators in the School of Journalism & Media Studies and College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University jointly created a unique and sophisticated curriculum for a Digital Media Professional Certificate program.

The Learning Design and Technology program also offers two stateside certificate programs, both fully online.


For a more in depth look at the Certificate Programs, please follow the links below: