Maker Educator Certificate Program

Registration for Spring 2020 Classes is currently open. Classes will begin the end of January 2020.

Program Information

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Program Coordinator

Casey Shea, B.A.
Program Coordinator


Scholarships are available because of the generous support of Chevron Social Investment Partnership Grant.

Contact Casey Shea for more information.


Working with maker educators from 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 mini-courses designed for people seeking to lead maker activities in schools, clubs, community centers, libraries, and other organizations. Mini-courses are offered in a variety of formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. The pathway to certification is based on a 50-hour requirement and educators can "mix and match" from the mini-courses offered or from approved workshops and courses offered by outside organizations. In order to earn the Maker Educator Certificate, educators must meet the 50-hour requirement and complete 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 of the Maker Educator Certificate Program

    *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