Maker Educator Certificate: About

At a Glance

Program Type
Certificate (Non-Credit)
Spring and Fall
Delivery Method
Field of Interest
Days of Week
One semester or summer
Total Units
2 CEUs ( for Maker Professional Development)

The program offers a series of mini-courses designed for people seeking to lead maker activities in schools, clubs, community centers, libraries, and other organizations.

Program Information

Working with maker educators throughout the Bay Area and with support from Maker Media, Inc., Sonoma State University, School of Extended and International Education and the Sonoma County Office of Education have collaborated to create the Maker Educator Certificate Program, the first such program of its kind. The program offers a series of courses designed for people seeking to lead maker activities in schools, clubs, community centers, libraries, and other organizations. Courses are offered in a variety of formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. 

In order to earn the Maker Educator Certificate, educators must meet the 50-hour requirement by completing three courses and two assessments: Maker Portfolio and Maker Design Project. Courses run during Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Please note that while educators can enroll in individual courses even if they are not interested in earning a certificate, the Maker Professional Development course is only available to learners who are completing the entire certificate program.

For questions please contact the Program Coordinator, Casey Shea, at
Contact the School of Extended & International Education, at 707.664.2394.

Educational Philosophy

Educational Philosophy of the Maker Educator Certificate Program*
Core Values Learning Principles Design Principles
  • Equity
  • Social connection
  • Full participation
  • Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Peer supported
  • Interest powered
  • Deep participatory leanring
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Leaning as lifelong
  • Production centered
  • Openly networked
  • Shared purpose
  • 21 Century Leanring: rethinking risk, experimenting, lterating, relevancy
*Adapted from Connected Learning movement


Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing the Maker Educator Certificate Program, participants will:

  • Understand the core values and principles of Making
  • Learn pedagogical practices for empowering learners to explore Making and a Maker mindset in a learning environment
  • Design an action plan for implementing Maker activities in a learning environment
  • Begin to consider ways to integrate Making in the classroom
  • Begin to align Maker projects with CCSS and NGSS
  • Become part of a Maker network
  • Receive mentorship from local Maker educators, including SSU faculty and K-12 maker teachers