The Community College Faculty Preparation certificate
program provides critical coursework and classroom experience to
prepare current and future community college instructors. The
coursework and mentored teaching experience enhance the technical
competencies necessary to effectively pursue a teaching position
at a community college and provide participants with an
appreciation of the role and goals of the community college.
Join us as we usher in a new era in higher education! The
Community College Faculty Preparation certificate program
equips current and future community college instructors with
rapid and effective adaptation tools to succeed in a highly
inclusive, post-pandemic college community.
You’ll be guided by skilled, supportive leaders who currently
teach community college in a variety of settings and subjects.
The coursework and mentored teaching experience enhance the
technical competencies necessary to effectively pursue a teaching
position at a community college while also providing you with a
greater appreciation of the role and goals of the community
“The unique, dynamic virtual classroom climate of CCFP can best
be described as academic networking for the busy professional
and life-long learner. Adding our program to your curriculum
vitae is a must for 21st century learners.” – Sandra Wheeler
Abeyta, Instructor, Los Rios Community College District
Graduate-level courses in general pedagogy, curriculum
development, instructional communication and assessment are
included. Required courses in this program are designed to
provide strategies and techniques that foster effective learning
among a diverse group of students.
This program equips participants with:
hands-on experience in a community college classroom
strategies and techniques to foster learning among diverse
a network of community college professionals
graduate-level academic credit from Sacramento State
This program is ideal for:
current community college instructors who wish to enhance
their pedagogical knowledge and skills and advance on the pay
those with a master’s degree who want to teach at the
community college level
matriculated graduate students who plan to obtain a master’s
degree and teach at the community college level
Please review the minimum qualifications document to see if you
qualify to teach your desired discipline. This state-wide
document outlines the various disciplines taught at the community
college and the minimum degree/ experience needed to teach.
The Community College Faculty Preparation certificate consists of
four courses for a total of 12 units of graduate-level academic
credit. This program is designed as a closed cohort, and students
must be committed to finishing the cohort. Successful completion
of all four courses is required to earn the certificate.
Experienced community college instructors may take individual
courses without committing to the certificate program.
The course delivery model is 100% online instruction.
Participants receive letter grades, A-F, for all courses with the
exception of Sponsored Experiences at the Community College.
Each course carries academic credit and will appear on an
official Sacramento State transcript.
Formal admission to Sacramento State is not required for
enrollment in this program; however, completion of a program
application is necessary to be eligible to register for classes.
The final course in this program is a sponsored experience at a
community college. Individuals currently teaching at a community
college may substitute with coaching experience or a
campus-sponsored internship as available.
“I absolutely feel that this program played a key role in my
ability to find opportunities, and I feel so much more
confident in my knowledge and skills as an instructor!”
-Miriam, Program Graduate
“The instructors for these courses were top notch, and provided
insight into the diversity of the community college (CC)
environment that I feel will be critical in preparation for
teaching in today’s CC classrooms. Additionally, the detailed
work dealing with the syllabus and lesson plan has given me a
strong set of tools to use in my preparation for class
instruction. The entire series of courses have been delivered
with the utmost in professionalism and have been a great
Congratulations are in order to Donja Harding, who was named the
2023 Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year. Harding
is a proud alum of the Community
College Faculty Preparation program, offered by Sac State’s
College of Continuing Education (CCE).