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Social Work Certificate Programs

A more focused degree

Gain a greater understanding in a specific area of social work by adding on one of our two child welfare or gerontology certificates. Any student within the College of Education and Human Sciences can enroll in these certificate programs. Check out both options to see if they may be an area of focus that's a good fit for you and your career goals.

Child Welfare Certificate

Our child welfare certificate is developed around preparing you to become an effective advocate for children as victims and survivors of child abuse. The coursework within this program will increase your understanding of factors that lead to child maltreatment, as well as how to work effectively in various agencies and systems to respond to such incidents. You may want to add a child welfare certificate if you are interested in areas such as child protective services, foster care, or adoption.

Course options include:
  • Child Welfare (required)
  • Directed Studies in Social Work
  • Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice
  • History of Family in America
  • Child Psychology
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • Sociology of Family
  • Introduction of Diverse Learners
  • Child Abuse and Neglect: Educational Implications

Note: You must already be a student within the College of Education and Human Sciences in order to be eligible for this certificate program. You must complete all credits within the certificate program with a grade level of C or above.

Find more information in the course catalog

Gerontology Certificate

A certificate in gerontology is a great addition to your major. In our aging society, social workers with a focus in gerontology are highly desirable within the industry. If you are interested in the improved care and quality of life for older adults, this is the certificate program for you! You will examine the psychological, social, and health aspects associated with aging. You will also enhance your understanding of how to effectively work with older adults in various settings such as hospitals, senior centers, or long-term care facilities. Check out what a certificate in gerontology all entails.

Course options include: 
  • Aging and Aged (required)
  • Human Nutrition
  • Communication Changes and Disorders of the Older Adult
  • Death and Bereavement
  • Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • Social Gerontology
  • Health Economics
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
  • Overview of the U.S. Health Care System
  • Wellness: Food for Fitness
  • Navigating Health Care
  • Body, Mind, Spirit Wellness
  • Ethics of Health Care
  • Human Development
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Sociology of Family

Note: You must already be a student within the College of Education and Human Sciences in order to be eligible for this certificate program. All credits completed within the certificate program with a grade level of C or above.

Find more information in the course catalog

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