New Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate – Coming Fall 2016

The 21-credit hour Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate is designed to meet the educational needs of a variety of student groups: those already working with older adults and/or their families/caregivers, those contemplating a career change, and those working in other fields who wish to increase their knowledge of aging processes. To address these needs, students complete a set of required courses providing a solid background in the concepts of gerontology. 

To this aim, the gerontology program is offering a two-year Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate for those professionals and/or life-long learners interested in short-term training in the field of gerontology before potentially pursuing more extensive education (e.g., M. A. in Gerontology). All 21 credits can transfer into the M.A. in Gerontology program within five years of taking the first certificate course.

Core or Required Courses (15 credit hours): 
PSYC 401: Gerontology: An Overview (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 403: Physiology of Aging (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 415: Practicum in Gerontology (3 credit hours) (if waived, an approved
graduate-level elective course can be substituted) 
PSYC 418: Public Policy and Aging (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 426: Values, Decision Making, and the Elderly (3 credit hours) 

There are two elective “tracks” for certificate students.

“Track” #1: Individualized/Community Outreach (Choose two courses [6 credit hours]):

PSYC 406: Aging and the Family (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 412: Psychopathology and Aging (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 414: Psychotherapy of the Elderly (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 434: Aging Services Network (3 credit hours) 

“Track”#2: Public Policy/Administration (Choose two courses [6 credit hours]):

PSYC 428: Aging and Cultural Diversity in the United States (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 432: Meanings of Old Age (3 credit hours) 
PSYC 455: Topics in Gerontology (Advocacy in the Workplace and Home) (3 credit hours)