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Gerontology Certificate (Post Bachelor's)

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294

Jointed offered by Kent State and the University of Akron, the Gerontology certificate offers basic preparation for students in their selected discipline while concurrently providing specialized training in gerontology. Coursework completed at either institution may be applied to the certificate.

To be eligible for the Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program, a student must be matriculated in a graduate degree program or hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Students may be admitted with non-degree status, but they must complete a graduate degree program prior to being awarded the certificate.

The 18 credit hour certificate program is flexible with minimal required courses beyond those needed to complete degree requirements. Students can tailor the courses taken toward completion of the certificate to meet their unique professional interests. A thesis or dissertation may be applied toward certificate requirements if it involves an aging-related topic. Students can also apply a practicum/internship course within their degree program as a capstone experience in the certificate program. At least 12 of the required hours are to carry 600-level (University of Akron), 60000-level (Kent State University) or above designation. A maximum of 3 credit hours is transferable from outside the university. Certificate completion is acknowledged by special notation on student transcripts.

Course Title Credits
50020 Biology of Aging
61191 Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
    Research Methods
    Research or Practicum
    Electives 3
Choose from the following*:
54030 Adult Development and Aging (3)

60610 Psychology of Aging (3)
52010 Social Gerontology (3)


*Meets the psychosocial requirement of the certificate.

The certificate program is based on the recommended standards of excellence established by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The faculty at both Kent State University and The University of Akron are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in gerontology. Many are Fellows of the Gerontological Society of America ( Faculty are available to assist students with course selection, research projects and other matters of interest in the field of gerontology.

Additional information and application materials are available from our Web sites: or Interested students should contact one of the certificate directors:

Gregory Smith, Ed.D., Director
Human Development Center
Kent State University
100 Nixson Hall
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Fax: 330-672-2194

Harvey L. Sterns, Ph.D., Director
Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology
The University of Akron
Arts & Sciences Building, Suite 340
Akron, OH 44325-4307
Fax: 330-972-5174


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Total cost per credit hours: $452
Total costs for credit hours: $6,780
Book and supplies cost per credit hours: $134
Total books and supplies costs: $1,380
Term: Fall 2011 and Spring 2012
Length: 30 Weeks
Fees per term: Varies
Room and board per term: $4,480
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