Jun 26, 2022  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Extended Learning

Jill Pippin, Dean
151 Marano Campus Center • 315-312-2270

SUNY Oswego appreciates the potential that comes from continuing education and lifelong learning. Increasing numbers of adults enroll in continuing education programs to achieve their educational objectives. As a response to this need for continuous education, SUNY Oswego established the Division of Extended Learning, which facilitates year-round opportunities for adult learners to further their education. Programs offered include:  part-time online and evening degree programs, online learning, off-campus classes, testing and proctoring, Winter Session and Summer Sessions, ESL and high school programs, youth programs, and support for the veteran and military student population. Adult education specialists at the College also design and deliver non-credit professional development programs and contract training to meet the needs of community groups and special audiences.

The College is dedicated to providing lifelong learning for all persons. Continuing education is an important element of the total mission of the State University of New York. Oswego joins the other campuses of the State University system in realizing its mission expressed in the motto: “To Learn – To Search – To Serve.”

Extended Learning study opportunities are provided at times and places convenient to adult learners and encompass a variety of degree, non-degree, credit, non-credit, distance learning, campus, and off-campus programs and services.

Extended Learning has these objectives:

1.    To provide adult learners with opportunities for personal enrichment and satisfaction through the stimulation of intellectual and cultural growth.
2.    To provide adult learners with the skills, knowledge and insights required to update and improve their vocational and professional performance.
3.    To provide adult learners with information and understanding needed to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens in society.
4.    To be responsive to the needs of communities in the region and the organizations and agencies (public and private) that are located in these communities.



The Division of Extended Learning provides student advisement both on campus and at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center. In addition, advisement is available in the North Country and on Fort Drum by appointment. Online orientation sessions are available every semester for new students. The Division also delivers information sessions to business and community groups upon request.

Part-time Online and Evening Degree Programs


SUNY Oswego currently offers online completion degrees in Broadcasting and Mass Communication Public Justice  and Vocational Teacher Preparation , as well as an evening B.S. Degree in Business Administration . Courses are offered in a regular rotation that allows students to attend on a part-time basis. Degree requirements are listed under the individual academic departments’ section in this catalog. Advisement for students in these degree programs (with the exception of Vocational Teacher Preparation) takes place through Extended Learning.

Online Learning


SUNY Oswego offers courses through Open SUNY, a SUNY-wide collaboration that enables students to access courses, degrees, and professors at many SUNY campuses. Online courses have the same objectives, the same rigorous workload, and the same tuition rates and academic credit as classroom-based courses. Online courses are offered during spring, summer, fall, and winter terms.

Summer Sessions


SUNY Oswego offers a wide variety of online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses during Summer Sessions each year.  These courses are aimed at meeting the needs and interests of undergraduate and graduate students wishing to accelerate or transfer coursework required by their degree program.  Summer Sessions runs for twelve weeks from May to August, and courses are offered for three weeks, six weeks, or for the full twelve weeks. In addition to our regular Summer Sessions courses, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in an internship related to their degree program. Questions regarding internships should be directed to the Center for Experiential Learning. Students are permitted to earn up to 15 credit hours during these condensed sessions. For more information visit our website oswego.edu/summer.

A number of special programs are held during Summer Sessions through collaboration between the Division and various academic departments. The Summer Intensive English Program offers credit courses for beginner, intermediate, and advanced speakers of English as a Second Language. Students receive daily, formal instruction to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Winter Session


Winter Session is offered each January over a three-week time frame. All courses are delivered online allowing students to make progress on their degree from wherever they are during the winter break.  General Education courses, major courses, and popular elective courses are typically offered. In addition to our online courses, students may participate in an internship related to their degree program. Questions regarding internships should be directed to the Center for Experiential Learning.  Students are permitted to earn up to 4 credit hours of coursework during this concentrated session. For more information visit our web site oswego.edu/winter

Testing and Proctoring Services


As part of the national testing program offered through the College Board’s College Level Examination Program, computerized CLEP tests are administered several times throughout the year. Over 35 different examinations are available through the program, ranging from analyzing and interpreting literature to general biology. SUNY Oswego accepts most of these tests for academic credit.

A variety of other tests, test preparation, and required certifications are offered throughout the year at multiple locations, including Dignity for All Students Act, Safe Schools Healthy Students, Certified Health Education Specialist test prep and certification, Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam, New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE), as well as GMAT, GRE and Notary Public test preparation.

Test proctoring and make-up exam sessions are offered throughout the semester and are also available by appointment. Schedules, locations, costs, and registration instructions are available at www.oswego.edu/extended-learning/testing-services.

Off-Campus Course Offerings


The Division of Extended Learning, in cooperation with the academic departments, offers credit courses at off-campus locations throughout Central New York.  Courses are extended to other community sites particularly for the convenience of working adults whose schedules, residence, or work sites restrict their access to programs and courses located on the Oswego campus. These off-campus locations include the SUNY Oswego Metro Center located in Syracuse, NY, in the North Country in Watertown and Fort Drum, NY as well as at the Jefferson Higher Education Center.

SUNY Oswego Metro Center


The SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square provides in-demand educational opportunities. Recently earning designation as a branch campus, the Metro Center offers undergraduate completion degrees designed for students with an associate’s degree (or approximately 60 credits), as well as master’s degrees and graduate certificates. With day and evening classes, the Syracuse campus accommodates the busy schedules of non-traditional students and working professionals at affordable SUNY tuition rates. Beginning in Fall 2016, students will be able to transfer credits and complete undergraduate degrees in Business Administration Major – B.S. Degree  , Human Development Major - B.A. Degree  , and Public Justice Major – B.A. Degree  . Students can also pursue an MBA or master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Childhood Education, as well as graduate certificates in Educational Leadership, Health Information Technology, and Integrated Health Systems. Classes are offered at the Syracuse campus and online so students will not need to travel to Oswego, and advisement and other important support services are available on site.

The Metro Center also serves as a location for a variety of college and community events. It features seven classrooms and additional meeting spaces that can accommodate both large and small groups. Wireless internet is featured throughout the facility. Programs and events may be scheduled year-round; daytime, evening, or weekends. Those interested in programming opportunities may call 315-312-2321 or visit oswego.edu/metro

North Country Consortium


Along with other institutions of the State University of New York, SUNY Oswego is a member of the SUNY North Country Educational Consortium and delivers higher education to residents in the North Country region and military personnel stationed at Fort Drum. Courses to support learning opportunities are offered in the Watertown area. Students may combine study there with on-campus and distance learning to complete their program. For information contact the Division of Extended Learning.

College Credit for High School Students


SUNY Oswego is proud to participate in courses offered in high schools and on our main campus for high achieving, academically prepared high school ​students to earn college credit. These courses allow students to earn credit simultaneously toward their high school graduation requirements while they earn college credit. To determine eligibility and participate, students must contact their high school administrator or the Division of Extended Learning.

Veteran & Military Services


SUNY Oswego is dedicated to providing guidance, advice, advocacy and outreach services for our veteran and military student population to promote a successful transition to college life. Resources include a dedicated Veteran & Military Services Coordinator to assist in navigating campus policy, procedures and requirements, a VA Certifying Official to assist with VA benefit processing, military and non-traditional student scholarships, a Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter, and a Veterans’ Lounge. Information on services available to military students can be found at oswego.edu/veterans and the Veteran & Military Services Coordinator can be reached at 315-312-2270 or veterans@oswego.edu.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)


The Reserve Officer Training Corps programs of the United States Army (Army ROTC) and Air Force (AFROTC) are available to SUNY Oswego students through a crosstown agreement with Syracuse University. The programs both lead to commission as a junior officer (second lieutenant) with programs of study varying from one to four years. Generous scholarship opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate ROTC students. Students will complete their ROTC requirements with Syracuse University’s Army ROTC or AFROTC battalion while pursuing their degree at SUNY Oswego. For more information, please visit the appropriate battalion’s website or contact an ROTC Admissions Officer Army ROTC - armyrotc.syr.edu or 315-443-1752; Air Force ROTC - afrotc.syr.edu or 315-443-2461.