College of Extended Learning

student working on a laptopThe College of Extended Learning offers a wide variety of continuing adult education courses and programs to prepare you for career advancement, career change or personal growth. We offer nationally-acclaimed curricula and faculty; weekend, evening and online courses; plus access to thousands of transferable degree-credit University classes.

Extended Learning students are degree-seeking SF State students, working professionals, students who have completed their formal education, students wanting to take a program that is not offered as a degree (such as our internationally recognized Multimedia, Design & Development program) and the general public. The College offers academic units, continuing education units, online classes and non-credit courses. Some programs are also available for students who want to complete advanced academic degrees and certificates.

The College utilizes a combination of SF State faculty and expert practitioners from the community to teach our courses. Because we can offer programs to meet the demands of the marketplace, we have the capacity to create and deliver opportunities for learning that are high quality, reasonably priced and accessible to a broad segment of the larger community.

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Interim Dean, College of Extended Learning Dr. Alex Hwu

alex hwuDr. Alex Hwu was appointed in June 2018 to oversee the College of Extended Learning, the self-support division of the University that offers academic credit and professional development certificate programs to career professionals seeking training and advancement. Extended Learning is a robust educational partner in the San Francisco community attracting over 7,000 students per year to daytime, evening and weekend classes during fall, spring, summer and winter session. Dr. Hwu oversees all programmatic development as well as campus relations for Extended Learning.

Dr. Hwu served as associate vice president for the College of Extended Education and Global Engagement (CEEGE) at Humboldt State University (HSU) for the past six years.

Hwu holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction programs, Educational Computing, Instructional Design and Online Learning Specialty from Kansas State University.