Propose a Course/Program

With almost 7,000 students enrolled each year and a dedication to providing quality attention to students, the School of Extended & International Education at Sonoma State University is always looking for new instructors who have a passion for sharing their knowledge with others. The School of Extended & International Education instructors are working professionals, noted specialists and experts in the fields they are teaching.

Benefits of Teaching for the School of Extended & International Education

  1. Our courses are offered in a variety of formats, so instructors can select the format that best suits their lives.  Classes are offered during the day, at night and on the weekends.
  2. Many of our instructors are experienced teachers who find they benefit and learn from their classes almost as much as they contribute to the students' learning.

There are several different opportunities for faculty to teach through Extended Education at Sonoma State University. The following are forms for opportunities currently available:

How to Propose a Course/Program

Academic Credit Programs

These forms are best filled out in a PDF program such as Adobe or Preview

Credit Certificate/Degree - New Program Proposal Form (may be filled out electronically and emailed to
For more information contact the Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Damien Hansen at 707-664-2604

Winter Intersession, Summer Session, and Fall & Spring Special Sessions

Winter Intersession 2022 - Call for Courses

The Winter Intersession 2022 courses will be offered to matriculated SSU students and non-matriculated students (including students from other colleges/universities and junior college students).

Proposal Process

Intersession Course Proposal Forms (Fillable PDF) may be submitted electronically (via email) to Julie Shell at in the School of Extended and International Education (SEIE), and are due by Friday, September 24, 2021. All proposals must be approved by the Department Chair and the appropriate School Dean. SEIE accepts approvals by electronic signature or via email, however review and approval processes vary by academic school. Please check with your Department Chair and/or Dean to confirm the approval process for your department. Course information will be available for faculty review in early October. Faculty contracts will be sent out by November 30. For more information, contact Julie Shell at

Faculty Pay

Faculty may teach up to 5 weighted teaching units (WTUs) during Winter Intersession.

Faculty will be paid according to the Special Sessions 2322 Salary Schedule based on enrollment, course units, and faculty rank. Example: An associate professor teaching a 3-unit course with 20 students would receive $2,569/unit, or $7,707.

For enrollments exceeding the representative cap, an additional $100 per enrollment per unit will be added to the pay according to the SEIE Winter 2022 Pay Schedule. In the example above, the associate professor teaching 30 students would receive $3,569/unit, or $10,707.

Look up the estimated Unit Rate here:

(This calculator is for reference only. Please refer to your faculty contract for official pay instructions.)

Intersession paychecks will be issued in mid-February.

125% Rule

The Unit-3 Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article 36) and the CSU System-Wide Additional Employment Policy (HR 2002-05) limit total employment in the California State University system to a total of 125%. Academic year faculty may teach during intersession but is limited to no more than 5 units in the Winter Intersession across the CSU system. Caution must be taken so that the number of units assigned over the length of the intersession course does not exceed the allowable overage. It is your responsibility to monitor and not violate the 5 unit/125% rule.

Enrollment Caps

Enrollment limits should be identified on the course proposal form and approved by the Department Chair and/or Dean. No course is to exceed 40 students. Classes without an identified cap will have a default cap of 25.

Generally, instructors are expected to teach classes with 12 or more enrollments, except under extraordinary circumstances. Classes with fewer than 12 enrollments may be canceled for low enrollment at the discretion of the instructor. Please be sure to set an enrollment minimum on your proposal. Classes will not be automatically canceled for low enrollment without a minimum identified in advance. No classes will be canceled after December 10 in order to protect the students who have made their plans and enrolled.

Scheduling Format

January 5 – 19, 2022: 10 Instructional Days (Monday – Friday)

No classes Monday, January 17 (MLK Holiday)

Intersession classes run Monday through Friday, and can be on-campus, hybrid, or fully-remote, with 15 hours of in-person or virtual classroom time and/or online instructional content required for each academic unit in lecture/discussion courses. Lab and activity courses require additional hours.

  • 3-unit classes require 4 hours, 20 minutes daily
  • 4-unit classes require 5 hours, 50 minutes daily

Please direct any questions to Julie Shell at

Classrooms and Classroom Technology

For on-campus classes, if you have a preference, please be sure to request a classroom or building, or indicate which features are important to you for your classroom. This will assist us in choosing a room for you if your first choice classroom is not available.

All campus classrooms are now tech rooms. Some classrooms have a data projector, wifi, computer, VCR, and DVD player, and some have a hookup for a laptop computer to connect to a data projector and wifi. If you request a smart classroom, please be sure to indicate in the classroom request section on the proposal form what technology you will need, and if you plan to use your own laptop computer.

All campus classrooms are locked rooms. If you do not have a key to your room already, please contact Julie Shell no later than December 13 to be issued a key request form to submit to Seawolf Services for a key. Even if you are accustomed to a room be- ing open during Fall and Spring, it will be locked during Intersession. SEIE does not have room keys, and Police Services are only available to unlock classrooms as a last resort.

Requesting a TA or Grader

Due to the restraints of the hiring process, we are not able to accommodate late requests to add a TA, ISA, or grader for Summer Session classes. In addition, all requests for TAs, graders, or paid speakers are subject to approval. Consistent with the Chancellor’s mandate to slow hiring across the CSU, all vacant positions may only be posted, and personnel actions processed (emergency hires, reappoints/extensions, reclasses, in-range progressions, temp assignments, student assistants), with presidential approval. Please contact Julie Shell for more information.

Class Requisites

Summer Session courses are scheduled with the standard SSU pre-requisites listed in the University catalog unless a specific request is made to modify those requisites. Please indicate in the Course Information section of the proposal form if you would like to waive or change some or all of the requisites for your course. Pre-requisite waivers are subject to the approval of your Department Chair and Dean.

Enrollment and Fees

Enrollment and payment for these courses will be handled through SEIE. Fees for all courses offered through SEIE are in addition to the regular fees charged for university courses. Registration begins online in October via MySSU for matriculated students and through the SEIE website for non-matriculated students.

Summer Session 2022

This webpage will be updated later this year for Summer 2022. We hope you will join us next summer!

Other Past Information for Reference Only
Winter Intersession 2021 Scheduling Information & Calendar (reference only)
Winter Intersession 2021 Course Proposal Form (may be filled out electronically and emailed to
For more information contact the Intersession Coordinator, Julie Shell at

Fall & Spring Special Sessions

Fall & Spring Special Sessions Course Proposal Form (may be filled out electronically and emailed to
For more information contact Julie Shell at

Professional Development Certificate Programs

To propose a new course for a Professional Development Certificate Program, please complete the Certificate Consideration Form under STEP 1 and submit by email.

Once your form has gone through STEPS 1-4, and been approved by both the Intake Committee and SEIE Curriculum Committee, you may submit the Course Proposal Form under Step 5.

For more information, view the Certificate Approval Process Diagram.

Please contact the Director of Professional Development and International Programs, John Green at, or call 707-664-3232 with any questions.

Lifelong Learning Programs

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

To be added to our faculty mailing list for future course proposals, please email the OLLI program assistant, Grace Burroughs at, or call: 707-664-2691.

EXCEL for Youth

Teach for EXCEL for youth summer program. The EXCEL Program offers students entering the 4-9th grades a unique opportunity for academic enrichment in accelerated classes. This program runs 2 one-week sessions and 1 two-week session during the summer (generally end of June and most of July)
Questions? Email the EXCEL administrative support coordinator, Angelica Andrews Buot, at

Contract Credit Courses

New Course Proposals

New course proposals will first be reviewed by the SEIE Curriculum Committee for completeness of information supplied and compliance with the general criteria. Upon approval, a suitable course number will be determined and the proposal will be forwarded to the appropriate Department(s) for signature.

SEIE requires at least six to eight weeks for a course to be reviewed and approved. Only after approval is communicated, should publicity mentioning CEU or academic credit from SSU be disseminated to your prospective students.

During the process, you may be asked to submit additional information or to make changes to bring your proposal into compliance with guidelines. New course proposals should include:

  • A completed Course Proposal Form with:
    • Instructor contact information, including brief biography
    • Offering agency, if any
    • Course information, including brief description
    • Schedule, time, and location
    • Type of credit requested
  • A narrative describing class objectives
  • Instructor resume or curriculum vita (include appropriate qualifications and degrees)
  • A draft of the syllabus and class schedule
  • List of Course handouts (provide up to 3 examples)

In addition, academic credit proposals must include the following in a draft syllabus:

  • Course learning objectives/student outcomes
  • An example of at least one reading assignment
  • An example of at least one assessed assignment (what students will be doing to earn credit, such as writing a paper, taking a test, keeping a journal, or developing lesson plans). This activity must be related to stated objectives.
  • Sufficient information to justify the approval of academic credit units (i.e., the nature of student work with academic rigor).


Repeat Course Proposals

Courses which have been approved within the last year and are being offered again with no substantial change to the syllabus or instructor, may be proposed again as a repeat course. Repeats courses may have an abbreviated re-approval process.

If a course has substantial changes in content, delivery, instructor, or if it has been more than one year since the course was previously approved by SSU as a contract course, please follow the New Course proposal process above.

To schedule a class again (within one year of previous approval), we will need:

  • The Course Proposal Form
  • Course description
  • Schedule of activities
  • Dates and information on previous approval
  • SEIE may request a new copy of the course syllabus and assignment examples, if necessary, for review.


Course Fees

See Fee Schedule for more information.