SF State's pioneering commitment to civic engagement is prevalent throughout the curriculum. Our courses combine academic study with community involvement, and our location in a center of business, technology and culture provides a laboratory for projects, work-study and internships.
Ever since it was established in 1899 as a teacher-training school, SF State has been known for its commitment to excellent teaching. Students work closely with senior professors and other instructors from freshman year through graduation. Students apply their talents and classroom learning to real-world challenges through community-service learning, credit-earning internships, and participation with community-focused centers and institutes that address issues relating to health, education, the environment, business, child care and underserved communities. SF State awards bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Programs offered jointly with University of California campuses include a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in special education with UC Berkeley, and physical therapy clinical research doctorate degrees with UC San Francisco. In addition, SF State offers credential programs and certificate programs.