Academic Catalogs

Educational Studies: Teach Your Career/Community College Teaching, Certificate of Achievement

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 3_CN_ESTYC
Control Number: 40008

This certificate is designed to address the teacher shortage in qualified Career Education instructors in the community college and to involve an untapped resource: career professionals who would like to acquire the skills to enable them to teach their career. The certificate represents a response to Strong Work Force recommendations, focusing on increasing Increase the pool of qualified Career Education instructors, based on the conclusion that there is an urgent need for Career Education programs to have more flexibility in hiring industry experts by expanding equivalency processes and definitions.

Developed for future community college Career Education instructors who may not meet the existing college hiring standard but possess significant industry experience, this pathway to classroom teaching is based on the idea that oftentimes professionals in the industry are highly skilled in their area of expertise, but lack a Master’s Degree. These same professionals frequently possess extensive industry experience, third-party industry certifications, and completion of applicable training that meets designated equivalency criteria.

The certificate is especially or students who prefer online classes and/or cannot always attend traditional face-to-face classes due to employment, marital status, family responsibilities, distance, and expenses incurred with traditional education schedules. All certificate classes are online.

Especially appropriate for students with an AA and six years of professional experience (or in the process of earning an AA) OR Bachelor's degree and two years of professional experience or students who possess a combination of education and experience that is at least equivalent to the above.

Possible employment/ illustrative examples: teaching job, community college for an adult with an AA and at least 6 years of professional experience or a BA with two years of professional experience; other teaching areas where traditional credential requirements are waived for experience; tutor; homework “helper”, curriculum developer in area of expertise; camp counselor; outdoor education specialist, depending on area of expertise.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge, skills, experience, and feedback to make an informed choice to be employed or to continue study in the field of education
  2. Upon successful completion of certificate courses students will be able to document knowledge and skills relevant for effective teaching in a Career Education community college classroom including
    1. Applying the principles of sound instructional techniques and culturally responsive teaching.
    2. Evaluating student performance.
    3. Demonstrating application of appropriate teaching styles and modalities for diverse student populations at the community college.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required coursework with a grade of C or higher in each course. A grade of P (Pass) is acceptable, however, the student must meet an overall GPA requirement of 2.0 to receive the certificate. To receive the certificate, a student must file a petition for graduation during their final semester prior to the application deadline as noted on the Coastline Graduation webpage

Certificate of Achievement

Certificate programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter a particular field of employment or to provide in-service training to those already employed.  Certificates of Achievements are majors that include 16 units or more and will be posted on the transcript. They may be used as elective units towards the A.A. or A.S. Degree.

  • Student must be in attendance at the time requirements are completed.
  • Students must also earn a minimum of 12 units of coursework at Coastline, excluding experiential credit.
  • A student with prior experience may be excused from certain certificate courses.
  • 50 percent of the certificate program’s units must be completed at Coastline no matter how the total number of units required for the certificate can be met.
Course Title Units
Required Core:
Students will complete the following:
EDUC C202Career Education/Community College Teaching3
EDUC C211Media Literacy Toolkit for Teachers3
EDUC C103Introduction to Computers in Education: Technology Proficiencies for Teachers 12
EDUC C101Tutor Training1
PSYC C118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
ENGL C100Freshman Composition3-4
or CMST C110 Public Speaking
or CMST C100 Interpersonal Communication
EDUC C104Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contemporary Classrooms1
Total Units16-17