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About Graduate Credit

Academic Credit at the Graduate Level is offered for completed coursework through our accredited provider Humboldt State University (HSU). Humboldt State University is the northernmost and westernmost institution in the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. The additional fee for this credit is separate from the course fees listed within our catalog, and payment is made directly with Humboldt State University once all coursework is completed. You may scroll down for a more detailed explanation of "How the Process Works".

Humboldt State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions. To learn more, visit:

HSU is on a semester based system, and offers either elementary education (EED) or secondary education (SED) credit in the 700 series for coursework completed at This type of credit is post-baccalaureate level appropriate for those students with teaching credentials but not generally applicable to a master's degree program.

Additional Per Credit Fee: $50.00 per semester credit, payable to HSU through the secure online HSU registration portal.

For a link to the information page at the Humboldt State University College of Extended Education & Global Engagement, click here:

State Certification/Licensure Renewal Guidelines

In an effort to provide the latest license and certificate renewal information, we have attempted to provide Web links to the appropriate licensure/certificate pages for the 50 States. We recognize that states are continually revising their teacher certification/licensure rules and requirements. Accordingly, we link to the best available information. If you find that a link is missing, or has been redirected, please let us know.

Credit Specifics:

To verify your specific professional development guidelines, select your state from the pulldown menu below and visit the Web link for your state's specific licensure/certification renewal information:

How the Process Works

Register for Courses at - Select your courses from the catalog. The course fees for each course include online access to all course materials and a confirmation of completion. There are no additional materials needed, as everything is made available online.

Complete your Coursework - Work through all coursework at your leisure via computer, phone or tablet. You may access your courses from anywhere, as our website is designed to give you the same experience no matter what device you are using. Once you have completed a course, credit instructions and a secure link to the HSU College of eLearning and Extended Studies will be made available in your course dashboard for each course.

Requirements for Course Credit - The following are the general course requirements for issuing academic credit at the graduate level for completed coursework:

Register for Graduate Level Credit for Completed Coursework - The link in your course dashboard will take you to the secure registration portal at HSU to register for your credit. Once you have successfully paid the per credit fees for your credit through HSU, you will receive an email from HSU verifying your credit registration and outlining the steps for requesting transcripts. Courses are letter graded on official transcripts from HSU.

The process is simple and straightforward. If you have additional questions, visit our contact us page and give us a call or email.

Overview of Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University (HSU) is the northernmost and westernmost institution in the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. It is located in the town of Arcata, situated in the middle of redwood forests, along miles of pristine coastline and wild rivers. Humboldt State University was founded as a teachers' college in 1913. Over the last century, HSU has grown from an institution focused solely on teacher education to a fully accredited university with over 8,200 students and 550 faculty members found in 48 majors, 11 graduate programs and 3 Colleges. It is known for academic excellence, personal attention, hands-on learning, and commitment to sustainability. Teacher education is still at the heart of HSU and is referred to as a "university-wide" endeavor with faculty across disciplines teaching in the undergraduate and credential programs. The vision and support for teacher education programs continues to be deeply embedded in the HSU Mission Statement.

University Transcript Information

Once you have successfully registered for credit with HSU, you will receive a confirmation email from HSU with instructions on requesting your official transcript. Please note that there will be an additional charge for official transcripts from the University. Expedited options are available.

Registrar Contact:
College of eLearning and Extended Education
telephone: 707-826-3731

Since there are no specific term schedules, you may register for credit with HSU anytime after a course is complete. Once your registration has been successfully processed, transcripts are issued directly through Humboldt State. The term in which you completed your coursework (Spring, Summer or Fall) will be the term that is noted on your transcript. If you need your credit transcripted within a specific term, there are specific dates that you will need to be aware of in order to make sure your transcript is generated within your target term. Please contact us via chat, phone or email for any questions regarding specific semester term dates.

Note: Various levels of licenses/certificates within each state may require different types of professional development credit. It is highly recommended that you review your state documentation to verify your license/certificate type, the type of credit that is needed by your state, and the associated professional development options available to you. Teachers should also check with their district office before registering for salary advancement purposes, as guidelines vary from district to district.