Whether you aspire to a career in human resource management or already work in the industry, the HR certification program gives you the foundation you need for designing, managing, and evaluating organizational programs. Our instructors work in the HR industry, and teach skills critical to recruiting and hiring, employee compensation and benefits, training and performance management. In the ever-changing HR landscape, stand out as a leader who can align your department to your organization's goals, and improve employee productivity and satisfaction.
Customize Your Human Resources Certificate to Your Goals
Starting this fall, our Human Resource Management certificate program has four new electives – three of which are online – that give you the flexibility to customize your professional HR certificate to your specific career goals: Emotional Intelligence, Ethics in the Workplace, Business Writing for the Workplace, and Diversity and Inclusion. Take the required courses to earn you Human Resource Management Certificate or you can take individual courses to gain new skills and knowledge that you can immediately apply to your career.
A minimum of 25 units is required.
- Take the four required courses (10 units). We highly recommend taking Introduction to Human Resources as the first course.
- Select 15 units from the elective courses
No application process required. Enroll now.
Prices and dates below are subject to change. All courses held on Zoom will take place from 6 pm—7:30 pm PDT.
|Required Courses (Must Complete All Four)||Units||Cost||21SP||21SU||21FA|
|BA 0020 Introduction to Human Resources||3||$549||1/25-4/12||5/17-8/2||✔|
|BA 0021 Human Resource Management and the Law I||2||$366||✔|
|BA 0028 Capstone: Applying Human Resource Management||3||$549||5/12-7/31|
|BA 0029 Human Resource Management and the Law II||2||$366||3/2-5/4|
|Elective Courses (Select 15 Units)|
|BA 0022 Talent Acquisition||3||$549||✔|
|BA 0023 Human Resources Training and Development||3||$549||✔|
|BA 0027 Performance Management||3||$549|
|BA 0033 Compensation||3||$549||2/11-4/29|
|BA 0035 Health and Safety Management||3||$549||2/8-4/26|
|BA 0058 Emotional Intelligence||1.5||$275||7/12-8/16|
|BA 0059 Ethics in the Workplace||1.5||$275||3/22-5/2|
|BA 0060 Business Writing for the Workplace||1.5||$275||✔|
|BA 0061 Diversity and Inclusion||3||$549||6/3-8/19|
Meet Our Human Resource Management Staff
Performance Management, Owner of Bishop Consulting
Sharonda Bishop is owner of Bishop Consulting, a human resource and training company serving the Inland Empire. Sharonda has over 20 years of human resources, payroll, and training experience. She works with employees and managers on a one-to-one level, honing their communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
Currently, Sharonda trains supervisors and managers on subjects including supervisory skills, talent acquisition, project management leadership and organizational behavior. She has certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and Professional in Human Resource — CA designee (PHR-CA).
A graduate of Cornell University, Sharonda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Design from Claremont University, and is currently a doctoral student at DePaul University.
An active member of her community, Sharonda is on the Board of Directors of Inland Valley Hope Partners, as well as Professionals in Human Resources — Inland Valley District. She has served in Chair capacities in both organizations.
Renee Morales is a human resources manager at Sharp HealthCare, one of San Diego’s largest private employers. She is an SDSU alumni with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. She also holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Development, and Change Management from National University. She also holds a Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR) and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Morales has a passion for teaching and was previously an adjunct professor for University of Maryland University College's human resources bachelor’s degree program. She has been with Sharp HealthCare for over five years, and has been a human resource professional for over 12 years in various industries including a water utility, a charter school, and a biotech company.
Last 12 months
Over 10 years
Enrolling in the Program
Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:
- Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
- See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
- Track your progress.
Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.
Career and Workplace Benefits
- Identify the core competencies needed for a career in human resources
- Build processes and procedures for a diverse and engaged workforce
- Learn how to communicate processes and procedures to your workforce
- Create an environment that attracts and retains top talent
- Learn the fundamentals of performance management and developing your workforce
- Understand the role of Cal/OSHA, safety, and compensation issues in the workplace
Textbook Required: Find textbook/course material information at www.shopaztecs.com/es.
Approved Provider for the HR Certification Institute
Location of Classes
SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Centers, Hardy Avenue entrance, unless otherwise noted.
Meet Our Human Resource Management Staff
Introduction to HR, Capstone, HR Consultant, BBSI
Dawn Myers is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management. She currently works with Barrett Business Services (BBSI) as a Human Resources Consultant to over 70 small- and medium-sized businesses.
In addition to serving as the President for the San Diego Hospitality Human Resource Association, Myers served as an Advisor, Board Member, and is currently an Instructor for the SDSU Global Campus Human Resource Certificate Program. She enjoys speaking for such groups as the San Diego California Restaurant Association, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and anyone else who will listen!
Myers has been in human resources for over 20 years, which includes her work as HR Director for San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter and Pendry San Diego.
She has been married for 34-never-boring-years, has two grown sons that she adores, and two granddaughters that have stolen her heart.
Evans Hotels, Emotional Intelligence
Jessica Ordonez-Steenblock is the Senior Corporate Director of People & Culture at Evans Hotels in San Diego, which includes the Lodge at Torrey Pines, Catamaran Resort & Spa, and the Bahia Resort Hotel. Before her return to Evans Hotels, Mrs. Ordonez-Steenblock was the Human Resources Director at Montage Laguna Beach, an ultra-luxury hotel and resort in Orange County.
Mrs. Ordonez-Steenblock's commitment to the human resources field and community is evident in her involvement with the Human Resources Association (HHRA), where she currently holds a board position. In 2015, she received the WIL (Women in Lodging) Connect Leader of the Year Award through the California Hotel & Lodging Association, Stars of the Industry Awards.
Mrs. Ordonez-Steenblock earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business from Pepperdine University, as well as an MBA from Alliant University. Being a part of the community has helped her stay connected to colleagues in the Orange County and Los Angeles area, in addition to the San Diego hospitality community. Additionally, her passion for teaching and mentoring led her to San Diego State University, where she has been an instructor for the past decade in the Human Resources and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs.
HR professionals play a key role in making sure employees are individually and collectively able to achieve the goals and mission that define an organization – a broad mandate which covers a wide range of functions. This course will provide you a comprehensive view of HR responsibilities, including strategic and HR planning and international HR management. You’ll explore the connection between HR and organizational improvement, and learn foundational skills in policy formulation and handbook design and preparation.
In addition to understanding how California employment law interacts with the work environment, you'll learn how reduce the risk of employment-related claims and lawsuits. Guest speakers – specialists in California labor and employment law – will provide a broad perspective on how specific legal topics affect HR professionals, managers, and employees.
This course may be taken prior to HR Management and the Law I.
Propose and carry out a guided project that will allow you to demonstrate the HR skills learned and create a tangible product that will be useful on the job. For example, students completing this course have drafted new policies and compliance plans for their companies, developed compensation programs to motivate sales people in their organization, planned new employee orientation programs, and created green plans to promote sustainability throughout their companies.
Approval is needed to enroll in capstone. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn the fundamental components of a comprehensive health and safety program to protect the employees in your organization and avoid costly liability. You’ll learn about Cal-OSHA requirements, risk management and loss prevention, workers’ compensation claims, employee assistance plans, preventative health issues, ADA compliance, and more.
Emotional Intelligence for Advanced-Problem Solving in the Workplace. In this interactive online course, learn the meaning and purpose of emotional intelligence (E.I.) with regard to personal and social competence. Through instructor mentoring, group discussions, in-class and out-of-class assignments, and personal journaling, you will learn:
- The four critical skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
- How to recognize, understand, and manage your emotions; take an emotional intelligence test for a comprehensive view of your E.I.
- How to identify behaviors that are hallmarks of high emotional intelligence, and explore its connection to advanced workplace performance.
- How to increase your E.I. skills and your ability to influence others.
- A variety of skills to address workplace conflict, and improve communication and interpersonal relationships.
- How to be strengths-focused, and how character and competence build credibility and trust in the workplace.
July 12 - August 16
HR professionals today are responsible for adding value to the organizations they serve and contributing to the ethical success of those organizations; HR professionals function as a key source of ethical awareness for managers and employees. This course heightens awareness of when integrity and an understanding of ethical issues are required, not only when advising others, but also when addressing the issues HR professionals face. Students learn to recognize the parts of their jobs in which ethical issues are most likely to be experienced, to develop solutions, evaluate their impacts, and decide on a course of action. Additionally, students understand the impact of cultural and organizational pressures to conform; identify when to escalate issues and to whom; know the early warning signals of conflict between personal and work values; and assess how to maintain personal integrity.