Boost Your Skills

Fine-tune your education with a precise curriculum that will prepare you to enter or advance in your field:

Professional Certificates

  • highest level of academic achievement offered by UC Berkeley Extension
  • minimum of 140 hours of coursework
  • usually 6-8 required courses and electives
  • achieve intellectual mastery and technical expertise in your chosen field
  • qualifies as an academic credential, which may be included on a résumé

Professional Programs

  • focused subject concentrations
  • usually 3 or more coordinated courses
  • develop a skill set within a specific area or discipline
  • can carry continuing education units (CEU) or other professional licensure credits

Teaching Credentials

  • take a credential program if you want to enter the teaching profession in the areas of adult or vocational education

Boot Camps

  • skilled instructors with three years minimum in the field
  • dynamic learning experience with face-to-face interaction
  • first-hand technical experience and collaborate in teams on a host of real-world problems
  • job hunting support throughout and beyond the length of the course

Student Success Stories

Photograph of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies graduate Therese Becker holding her grandson at his baptism

Treating Those Affected by Substance Abuse

Therese Becker’s passion for helping others through counseling dates back to high school: “When I was a senior, we had an assignment in which we had to think about what we wanted to do in life.... continue reading Treating Those Affected by Substance Abuse

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A Promotion and Pay Raise

The nonprofit’s dedication to empowering survivors of violence remains strong—and helping the cause is Heather Anderson. She began working at Live Violence Free as a legal advocate, discussing... continue reading A Promotion and Pay Raise

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Successful Career Change to Accounting

There’s an expectation that when you graduate college, you’re going to pursue a riveting career in your chosen major. But for some, a passion in college doesn’t translate to a passion in the... continue reading Successful Career Change to Accounting

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Latest Voices Blog Posts

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‘Digital Defynd’ Ranks Our Online Health Informatics Program #4 for 2019

With a projected job-growth rate of 13 percent through 2026, it is no wonder that Medical Records and Health Information Technicians are experiencing a boom in educational offerings and... continue reading ‘Digital Defynd’ Ranks Our Online Health Informatics Program #4 for 2019

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The Online Writing Circle

Introduction to Writing Fiction and The Craft of Reading instructor Marc Schiffman, M.F.A. (Ph.D. equivalent), has taught a variety of writing and literature courses over the years for the... continue reading The Online Writing Circle

Writing instructor and poet Clive Matson standing in the front of a classroom at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco

Let Your Crazy Child Run Free

When you take published poet Clive Matson’s Exploring Creative Writing course, you get an opportunity to experiment and discover your writing potential in a safe and supportive learning... continue reading Let Your Crazy Child Run Free

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