Sonoma State University

About Us


Sonoma State University's School of Extended and International Education (SEIE) connects the North Bay community with lifelong learning opportunities. SEIE is an extension and continuation of your education through our academic, certificate and professional programs. The certificate and non-degree courses and programs provide continuing education to many professions, a critical need for remaining competitive in fields such as our nursing, human resources and construction

Our academic programs focus on the degree completion, Master’s program in business and wine industry, Computer and Engineering Science and many others. The degree-completion program, for instance, has programs on the SSU campus and off-campus, partnering with the regional community colleges by delivering degree programs to the North Bay region and beyond.

SEIE proudly runs lifelong learning programs that serve community members from 9 to 90 years of age, from our EXCEL programs in the summer and our year-round programs in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or “OLLI.” These programs reach students across the community and allow ways to engage the SSU campus with regional residents that otherwise may not come to campus. Finally, our international programs welcome students from all around the world and also helps send our students to places and experiences that will change their lives forever.

These parts sum to "extended" and "international" education; Sonoma State has a regional and global reach because of what SEIE does for this campus and the surrounding communities. Our theme and daily drive is to provide support for lifelong learning to the North Bay and beyond.

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Current Professional Development Programs

Human Resource Management
The Human Resource Management Certificate Program is a 12-week intensive course covering the main aspects of Human Resource Management, teaching the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage the human resources.

Advanced Human Resource Management
The 8-week online program guides students through an exploration and discussion of emerging topics for the HR professional. The Advanced HR Certificate program will encourage and promote new ideas to be implemented immediately in the workplace.

Audio & Recording Production
The Certificate in Audio and Recording Production is open to the local community and inclined matriculated students interested in music recording and production in a studio setting.

Compassion Cultivation Training
Compassion Cultivation Training is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. It combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

Conflict Management Certificate Program
The 12-week Conflict Management Certificate program is designed to provide you with the skills you need to manage workplace conflict, be more productive, and communicate more effectively.

Construction Management
Education and training for contractors, subcontractors, project managers, superintendents, owner representatives, design professionals, and anyone interested in advancing in a career in the construction industry.

Entrepreneurship Team-Building and Leadership
Building new ventures has never been so important, especially during this time of massive disruptions in health, wealth, and equality of opportunity. This unique and innovative course focuses on team-building and business concepts rather than on business plans.

Maker Educator Certificate
The Maker Educator Certificate Program is a unique professional development and mentorship opportunity for educators to introduce Making in Pre-K-16 learning environments.

Process Improvement Management
The 10-week Process Improvement Management Certificate program, is comprised of the most beneficial business process improvement methods and tools utilized in many industries.

Project Management
Project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently, enabling you to tie project results to business goals - and thus, better compete in markets.

Social Media Marketing
The Social Media Marketing Certificate provides participants with training and experience developing a social media campaign in their industry. This program combines hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn from others.

Wine Business Institute
In addition to the MBA and Executive MBA in Wine Business, the Wine Business Institute offers online and in-person certificates and workshops in wine business management, finance and accounting, entrepreneurship, QuickBooks, sales, and more.

Online Learning Center
Online open enrollment professional development courses and online self-paced open enrollment certificate programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations.