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Francesca Vega

Director of Government and Community Relations

Susan Widelitz

Administrative Assistant

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8353
Tel: (818) 677-2123
Fax: (818) 677-7739

Academic Enrichment

The Center for Teaching and Learning in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Dr. Michael E. Spagna, executive director, (818) 677-7494, fax: 677-2694

The Center for Teaching was made possible by a generous gift received from The Eisner Foundation, and serves as an enduring site for educational change and development. It is the mission of the Center to keep California State University, Northridge (CSUN) at the forefront of cutting edge innovations in preparing teachers, educational administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, and other school-related personnel.

The Center provides support to the local community primarily through the following activities: pre-service and in-service professional preparation; workshops, seminars, and conferences that address a range of education related topics; and transdisciplinary professional services to individuals of all ages, infant through adulthood, as well as to families and community groups, in a friendly and home-like atmosphere in the affiliated Learning Achievement Center.


Child and Family Studies Center

Jerry Ann Harrel-Smith, Ph.D., director of research, (818) 677-3131

  • An accredited, licensed laboratory school that welcomes community children.
  • Offers several programs, including half- and full-day preschool and kindergarten.
  • Provides an enriched environment facilitated by faculty in the Department of Family Consumer Sciences.
  • Costs range from approximately $200 to $700 a month.


CHIME Institute

Annie Cox and Julie Fabrocini, co-directors, (818) 677-4979

  • The CHIME Institute develops and implements model programs that support an inclusive educational environment for children ages birth to 14 years of age of varying cultures and abilities, including children who are gifted, children who are typical learners and children with disabilities, to achieve their full potential. Educational Programs include: Infant and Toddler Program, Preschool, and Charter Elementary and Middle Schools.
  • The Institute provides dynamic research and training environments to disseminate best educational practices in collaboration with CSUN Michael D. Eisner College of Education.


Communication for Youth Institute (CYI)

Lisa Thranow, director, thranow@csun.edu

  • The Department of Communication Studies offers a Saturday morning course in public speaking for students in grades 5-12 during the fall and spring semesters. The Communication for Youth Institute is a six-week program that helps to develop confidence in oral communication skills.
  • Students will participate in speaking activities and will deliver introduction, anecdote, cultural artifact, process and informative speeches.
  • Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis until the class is full. For more information, please contact Professor Lisa Thranow at thranow@csun.edu


The Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning

Joyce Feucht-Haviar, dean (818) 677-5005, http://tsengcollege.csun.edu

The Tseng College enrolls more than 25,000 students per year in a rich array of degree, certificate and other programs. The Tseng College works with university faculty and distinguished professionals to design, deliver and support degree and non-degree programs with special features that make them both accessible and appropriate for those who are place bound, time constrained or at a more senior level in their careers. Fees vary according to program features and are subject to change.

Degree and Credit Certificate Programs for Midcareer Professionals

The Tseng College offers bachelor's degree-completion, master's degree, and credit certificate programs for the mid-career professional and works with employers to bring university degree and credit certificate programs to their organizational sites and/or to custom-design program components to make them highly effective for staff education. These are traditional university degree programs in terms of academic rigor, oversight, accreditation, student records and instructional excellence.

Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs

These programs are designed for those who have completed at least two years of college and wish to earn the bachelor's degree often required for career advancement or expanded career alternatives. These programs also serve mid-career professionals who already have a college degree but wish to earn a second degree in another field.

  • Liberal Studies (B.A.)
  • Public Sector Management (B.A.)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

These programs are designed to serve degree-seeking students by enabling them to add another area of focus to their degree study. Many post-degree professionals also use these programs for advanced study opportunities in areas of importance to their careers.

  • Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Program
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Conflict Management
  • Human Factors in Design
  • Instructional Design and Adult Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Performance Measurement and Productivity
  • Urban Studies and Planning

Master's Degree Programs

  • Adult Development, Learning and Instruction (M.S.)
  • Communication Disorders and Sciences, Speech and Language Pathology (M.S.)
  • Educational Administration (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) (M.S.)
  • Engineering Management (M.S.)
  • Humanities (M.S.)
  • Human Factors (M.S.)
  • Knowledge Management (MKM)
  • Public Policy (MPP)
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Social Work (MSW)
  • Taxation (M.S.)

University Access Programs

The Tseng College manages CSUN's Winter Term and Spring Special Session, which are open to both matriculated and non-matriculated students. The Tseng College also manages Summer Session for visiting summer students and Open University programs, which are open only to non-matriculated students.

Noncredit Programs

  • Programs for Career Change and Advancement
    Offers a number of professional development certificate programs, series of courses and training programs. Many professional development offerings are available to employers on a custom-designed contract basis.
  • Test Preparation
    Provides access to the standardized test preparation courses of Test Preparation Services, as well as specialized test preparation courses, chiefly for educators.
  • Intensive English and International Programs

    CSUN's Intensive English Program (IEP) offers international students full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Classes covering all fundamental English-language skills are provided. Classes in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation and free tutoring are also available to students in the program. Advanced-level IEP students may take university classes as part of their courses of study.
  • Community and Regional Lifelong Learning
    Offers programs that introduce participants to the cultural treasures of Southern California, which include food and wine events, regional arts and field study programs.
  • The SAGE Society (Study, Activity, Growth, Enrichment)
    (818) 831-3014

    This learning-in-retirement organization offers intellectual and cultural stimulation for retired or semi-retired people with business, professional, artistic and/or volunteer experience. It provides active retirees with opportunities to participate in seminars, socialize, learn and interact with CSUN students.


Los Angeles Times Literacy Center

Dr. Nancy Prosenjak, director, (818) 677-8255

The Los Angeles Times Literacy Center provides literacy assessment services as well as customized literacy instruction for elementary and secondary school students who are experiencing difficulties and/or delays in developing literacy skills. Each child works one-on-one with a teacher who is a CSUN graduate student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education program with a specialization in language and literacy.

Eligibility: To be eligible, a student should be at least 6 months below grade level in reading, as evidenced by the report card or formal school assessments of reading level. Most children attend sessions during the fall and spring semesters in order to make substantial progress toward developing more effective literacy skills.


Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)

Dr. Mike Rivas, director (818) 677-6300 (message box only) saep@csun.edu http://www.saep.net

SAEP serves middle and high school students. Classes are offered for academic credit, enrichment, preparation or pleasure and are taught by credentialed teachers or content specialists. For additional information, please visit their website.


Summer Academic Program for Elementary School Students (SAPESS)

Dr. Marilyn Joshua, director (818) 677-4886 sapess@csun.edu http://www.sapess.com

SAPESS serves elementary school students. Enrichment opportunities in academic subjects allow students to participate in learning experiences that go beyond the basics. Classes are taught by highly qualified credentialed teachers. The dates for the 2008 summer session are June 30 - August 1. For additional information please visit their website.