Sonoma County Office of Education

Maker Educator Certificate

Working with maker educators from throughout the Bay Area and with support from Maker Media, Inc., Sonoma State University and the Sonoma County Office of Education collaborated to create the Maker Certificate Program, the first such program of its kind. Currently the SSU School of Education’s center for STEM Teacher Education Pathways (STEP) together with the School of Extended and International Education (SEIE) will now be taking the lead on the development, maintenance, and coordination of the Maker Educator Certificate Program. 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. The pathway to certification is based on a 50-hour requirement. In order to earn the Maker Certificate, educators must meet the 50-hour requirement by completing the following courses:

  • Introduction to Making (face-to-face class, plus asynchronous work)
  • Making for Educators (face-to-face class, plus asynchronous work)
  • Maker Professional Development (online class)

The Maker Educator Certificate Program enables participants to learn the principles and practices of the Maker Movement and develop an action plan for implementation. As a result of completing the program, participants will:

  • Understand the core values and principles of making
  • Learn pedagogical practices for empowering learners to explore making and a maker mindset
  • Begin to consider ways to integrate making in the classroom
  • Become part of a maker network

To learn more about the Maker Educator Certificate Program and apply, please visit