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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the College of Extended Learning? What is a certificate programs?
What is Open University? Who can enroll in your classes? Do I have to apply CSUSB to take classes?
Where are classes held? How do I register?
Can I register at the time of class? If my company is paying for classes, is there a different registration process?
What are noncredit classes? What are continuing education units (CEUs)?
How can I earn CEUs? How do I know if a class offers academic credit?
Does CEL have any preferred providership status? Can I use extension courses toward a degree?
Do I receive an official CSUSB transcript? What is your refund policy?
How do I transfer from one class to another? How do I get on the waiting list?
Are corporate discounts available? What happens if a class does not meet the minimum enrollment?
Are there any student loan programs to help pay fees? Can I use the library as an extension student?
Does CEL provide services to students with disabilities? Can classes be delivered at my work place?
How can I become a CEL course instructor if I have expertise to share? Does CEL offer courses or programs via distance learning, especially online courses?

What is the College of Extended Learning?
The College of Extended Learning is the academic outreach arm of California State University, San Bernardino that extends the resources of the campus through continuing education programs, workplace training, conference services, international extension programs and off-campus programs.

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What is a certificate program?
A certificate program is a series of courses in a concentrated subject matter that you can complete in less time than an academic degree. Most certificate programs do not carry degree credit. They are designed to help you increase your work skills, learn new skills and advance in your career.
Learn more about Certificate Programs...

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What is Open University?
Open University lets you take University courses without formal admission to the University.
Learn more about Open University...

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Who can enroll in your classes? Do I have to apply to CSUSB to take classes?
Our classes are open to the community. Most do not require matriculation to CSUSB or a preregistration process.

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Where are classes held?
Most classes are held in the Yasuda Center for Extended Education on the CSUSB campus. CEL also offers courses in different community locations, including libraries, business conference rooms and educational centers throughout the Inland Empire.
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How do I register?
You can register for Extended Learning classes online at http://cel.csusb.edu, by mail or by phone. See registration procedures. You may also register at the door, but it is recommended that you call in advance to confirm class availability.
Learn more about registration...

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Can I register at the time of class?
Yes, but it is advisable to call CEL in advance to confirm class availability. There are times when the class may be full or even canceled.

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If my company is paying for classes, is there a different registration process?
No, the registration process is the same. Your company's check or purchase order should be submitted along with the registration.

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What are noncredit classes?
There are classes designed primarily to meet the special interests of the community. Subject areas include personal enrichment, recreation and test preparation. No academic credit or CEUs are awarded.

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What are continuing education units (CEUs)?
The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally-recognized unit of measurement for a variety of noncredit programs applying toward relicensure, promotion or career advancement. CEU credit is not applicable toward degrees, credentials or credential renewal. Some relicensing boards may require that renewal information be expressed in Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH). Ten Continuing Education Contact Hours are equivalent to one CEU. Each hour of instruction equals one CECH or .1 CEU.

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How do I earn CEUs?
You can earn CEUs by attending courses that indicate CEU availability. Outside-of-class work is required to earn CEUs.

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How do I know if a class offers academic credit?
Extended Learning courses numbered in the 300s, 400s, 500s and 600s are drawn from the regular upper-division and graduate curricula of the University (600-level courses are designed for graduate students specifically) and, as such, offer academic credit.

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Does CEL have any preferred providership status?
Yes. Many of CEL's psychology/social works courses have been approved for BRN, MFT and LCSW credit by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #PCE736) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #CEP434). Courses with preferred providership status will be indicated by the units.

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Can I use extension courses toward a degree?
Usually not. Most extension courses offer professional advancement credit or CEUs, which do not translate to degree credit. There are some education courses that are degree-applicable, look for the course numbers to verify.

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Do I receive an official CSUSB transcript?
Yes. You can receive an official copy of your educational record, usually reflecting credit and grade information for any course work taken at CSUSB, by requesting a transcript from Records, Registration & Evaluations. Transcripts cost $6 for a single copy and $3 for each additional copy. Transcript generation may take up to four weeks from the time your request is received by the Records office.

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What is your refund policy?
CEL has a comprehensive refund policy. Learn more about CEL's Refund Policy.

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How do I transfer from one class to another?
If you would like to transfer your fees from one class to another, call a program assistant at (909) 537-5976. You can transfer if the class you registered for has not started or has been canceled.

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How do I get on the waiting list?
If a class is full, you can put your name on a waiting list by talking to a program assistant at (909) 537-5976.

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Are corporate discounts available?
For some courses there is a discount for three or more enrolled from one organization. These discounts are clearly marked in the course descriptions.
Current CSUSB Alumni Association members are eligible for a 10% discount on noncredit courses and conferences. The discount must be requested at time of enrollment.

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What happens if a class does not meet the minimum enrollment?
Extended Learning courses are financially self-supporting (not subsidized by state money), and all course-related expenses are paid from student registration fees. Occasionally, this means that courses with low enrollments must be canceled before they begin. When this occurs, pre-registered students may elect to transfer their fees to another course or request a full refund. The College of Extended Learning makes every effort to notify students by telephone of canceled courses in advance of the first session.

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Are there any student loan programs to help pay fees?
The College of Extended Learning has partnered with SLM Financial, a Sallie Mae company, to offer an affordable loan program for career training/professional development courses. Apply online at www.slmfinancial.com or call 1-888-2-SALLIE. In addition, you may qualify for the Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning tax credit programs. You may also want to inquire if your employer provides educational fees.

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Can I use the library as an extension student?
Full use of the CSUSB library is available to students taking Extended Learning courses for credit upon presentation of a valid library card, available from the College of Extended Learning. Go to the CSUSB Pfau Library Web site for library hours.

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Does CEL provide services to students with disabilities?
The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the regulation adopted thereunder. More specifically, the California State University does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs and activities. The Services to Students with Disabilities office has been designated to coordinate the efforts of CSUSB to comply with the Act and its implementing regulations.
If you are a student with a disability and require accommodations, please contact the College of Extended Learning at (909) 537-5979.

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Can classes be delivered at my work place?
You bet. Extended Learning can provide many of our certificate programs at your work place, or design a program just for your organization. For more information, contact CEL at (909) 537-5975.

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How can I become a CEL course instructor if I have expertise to share?
You can fill out our Course Proposal Form (Word Doc) and mail it, with your resume, to Director of Extension Programs, CSUSB College of Extended Learning, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397.
Current Extended Learning instructors are either members of the resident faculty of the university or highly qualified persons approved by the resident faculty. In all cases, they are required to explain fully to students the scope, content and organization of their courses and to be explicit with regard to objectives and grading standards.

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Does CEL offer courses or programs via distance learning, especially online courses?
Yes, CEL has a number of computer-based training courses. Learn more about online programs...

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California State University, San Bernardino
CSUSB College of Extended Learning
5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407-2393
Telephone: (909) 537-5975 • Fax (909) 537-5907 • E-mail cel@csusb.edu
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