Whether you're already a teacher or want a career in education, UC Berkeley Extension has the program to prepare you for your next step. Fulfill requirements for a California teaching credential in adult education or career technical education. Take a class for professional growth, or complete a certificate enabling you to teach English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) or to become a college admissions adviser. Study the theoretical knowledge and practical approaches to teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. Enhance your teaching skills with courses on successful reading techniques, inclusion of students with special needs, strategies for teaching health concepts, integrating technology into the classroom and other essential topics. Most courses are held in Berkeley, San Francisco, Belmont and online.
Professional certificates are the highest level of academic achievement from UC Berkeley Extension. Specialized programs of study provide focused subject concentrations to develop skills within specific disciplines. Learn more.
Specialized programs of study
Navigating how to become an educator—in the United States or abroad—and what skills and possible credentialing needed is not an easy path to navigate. UC Berkeley Extension offers myriad certificates and teaching credential programs to make sure that you're ready to succeed as an educator. But which program best fits your career goals? Choose your own education adventure with our new navigation tool. As you progress to your final destination, click on the certificate or teaching credential to get started!
In just the past four years, the number of employment postings for student affairs professionals nationally has grown nearly 50 percent. Our new Certificate Program in Student Affairs in Higher-Education Administration deepens your understanding of college student development, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and important trends in higher education. Gain the knowledge to more ably work with diverse student bodies, foster engagement and enhance positive learning experiences in this burgeoning field. Your instructors take their experience from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area institutions to give you more insightful knowledge. You also have the opportunity to apply units from this certificate toward the University of San Francisco's (USF) Master's in Organization and Leadership. Campus staff qualify for tuition reimbursement. Learn more.
Watch a video about the Certificate Program in Student Affairs and Higher-Education Administration. Learn how you can start or advance a career in this burgeoning field.
"Technology has had a big impact on teaching; there are so many more resources and materials available for teachers and learners, but it also means that teachers need to be able to guide learners to find what is going to be most useful to them. There's also the growth of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). I'm interested in the application of theory to practice, and I really enjoy seeing teachers make those connections: trying techniques and activities in their own classroom and reporting back on things that went well. I like to give learners the room to talk and to think about ideas rather than imposing ideas on them. What learners bring with them and their prior knowledge and experience of teaching and learning is an integral part of the class."
Carol Lethaby, M.A. in TESOL, Extension Honored Instructor, has worked in the field of English-language teaching as a teacher, teacher/educator, consultant and materials writer since 1986, working on both local and distance projects. She has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Austria, France, Greece and Mexico. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and has published several textbook series and articles on English-language teaching.