Gerontology Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
The certificate is designed to address the need for expertise in aging and adult development for graduate students and for professionals seeking to better serve their aging clients. Additionally, the certificate is designed to complement students' major course of study. It addresses career trajectories in which students graduate with expertise in aging and subsequently enter professions that are serving clienteles that include significant numbers of older adults. The certificate serves the need for aging education that emerges.
Credits and Requirements
Students seeking the certificate must hold a completed baccalaureate degree or have acceptance into a graduate degree program at CMU. Although the program can be completed in three semesters, a student–paced approach to the certificate is equally suitable. The 18-credit graduate certificate in Gerontology is designed to provide a basic foundation in theory, research, and practice specific to late life. The program includes two required courses. The remainder of the credits is elected from three groupings of courses: Psychological; Physical Health and Administrative; and Family, Culture and Society. The courses are offered by an array of departments throughout the campus, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of gerontology.
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