Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The Official Certificate Program (OCP) in Gerontology is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand for professionals who understand the opportunities, concerns, and needs associated with our aging population. The program is geared toward a diverse group of students and professionals who desire to increase their aging literacy and find their niche in this growing and exciting field. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified careers in aging as a high-growth industry. The program curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of each student within this interdisciplinary field and can be applied to a wide variety of careers including medicine and caregiving, social service and non-profits, policy and outreach, business and marketing, architecture and urban planning, law and advocacy, exercise science, and management and administration. A graduate certificate in gerontology will provide graduates with a solid foundation in gerontology that will allow them to better meet the needs of the aging population within their particular field or industry.


The certificate can be completed independently or combined with a master’s or other graduate program.


 

Offered by the Psychological Science Department

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Dr. Carrie Andreoletti

Professor, Assistant Chair

Psychological Science

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Why Study Gerontology?

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified careers in aging as a high-growth industry. People are living longer than ever before, including in Connecticut, which has the 7th oldest population in the country. By 2030, those over the age of 60 are expected to make up 26 percent of the state’s population. To ensure a society where we can maintain health and well-being across the lifespan, there is growing demand for professionals prepared to meet the needs of our aging population.

Why Study Gerontology at CCSU?

Our program is designed for those new to the field, thinking about making a career change, or those already working with older adults.  Whether you want to focus on direct care, research, policy, or the aging process itself, CCSU’s program will meet your educational needs:

  • Multidisciplinary faculty with expertise in the multidimensional aspects of aging
  • Opportunities for both practical application and applied research in gerontology
  • Evening and online formats accommodate busy schedules of working adults
  • An equal balance between core and elective courses allowing for personalized learning.

You will:

  • Learn about research on aging and enhance your research skills
  • Learn how to effectively advocate for the needs of older adults
  • Make a difference in the lives of older adults—and perhaps even your own.

What Can I Expect from the Classes?

  • Engaging and practical content from faculty with expertise in the aging process and the diverse societal systems involving older adults.
  • Assignments that enhance understanding and critical thinking of social policies and community-based interventions that benefit older adults and their families.
  • Required courses offered online and in the evening.
  • Small sections composed of students from diverse educational and experience backgrounds.

Program Curriculum

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The Official Certificate Program (OCP) in Gerontology is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand for professionals who understand the opportunities, concerns, and needs associated with our aging population. The program is geared toward a diverse group of students and professionals who desire to increase their aging literacy and find their niche in this growing and exciting field. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified careers in aging as a high-growth industry. The program curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of each student within this interdisciplinary field and can be applied to a wide variety of careers including medicine and caregiving, social service and non-profits, policy and outreach, business and marketing, architecture and urban planning, law and advocacy, exercise science, and management and administration. A graduate certificate in gerontology will provide graduates with a solid foundation in gerontology that will allow them to better meet the needs of the aging population within their particular field or industry. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

1.    Utilize gerontological frameworks to examine the physical, psychological, and social factors underlying the aging process.
2.    Critically assess the social policies that affect diverse individuals, families, and societies as members age.
3.    Demonstrate understanding of ethical principles to guide work with and on behalf of older adults.
4.    Engage with interdisciplinary research to advance knowledge and promotes individual and community based interventions to benefit older adults.
5.    Demonstrate ability to communicate their gerontological perspective.

Admission Requirements

 Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent. Applicants with a GPA between 2.40 – 2.99 who demonstrate potential and whose coursework and/or experiences relate to gerontology can be considered for conditional admission.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Requirements (15 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Faculty

Andrea June
Associate Professor
Psychological Science
Marcus White Hall 221
860-832-3105
Carrie Andreoletti
Professor, Assistant Chair
Psychological Science
Marcus White Hall 209
860-832-1646
Christina Barmon
Associate Professor
Sociology
Bassett Hall 317-04
(860) 832-3136
Heather Rodriguez
Associate Professor
Sociology
Bassett Hall 317-03
860-832-2985
Meg Levvis
Associate Professor
Nursing
Copernicus Hall 22506
860-832-0184
Xiaoping Shen
Professor
Ecomonic Geography, GIS, Cartography, Medical Geography, China and East Asia
Geography
Bassett Hall 417-07
860-832-2794