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CSULB Gerontology Certificate Description

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Are you looking for a job in an area that is growing rapidly, that needs people with a broad range of skills, that will improve people’s lives, and that will be exciting, challenging, and rewarding?  Are you looking for personal/family understanding and enrichment about aging?

Consider a Certificate in the field of aging!

  • The Certificate program is designed to educate individuals as gerontology specialists within a major field of study.  Students in ANY major are eligible to apply for the Certificate.
  • The Certificate in Gerontology may be earned in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree or awarded subsequent to earning a bachelor’s degree.

  • Please be aware this program is not eligible for Financial Aid unless pursued concurrently with a CSULB degree program.

  • The Certificate includes 24 units distributed as follows:

    15 required units including:
    • GERN 400I (Perspectives on Gerontology) (meets GE Capstone requirement)
    • ANTH 454 (Culture and Aging),
    • BIOL 301 (Biology of Aging) or GERN 482/582 (Health Assesment of the Aging Client)
    • PSY 365 (Psychology of Adult Development and Aging) or HDEV 357I (Approaches to Adulthood through Aging) (meets GE Capstone requirement), and,
    • GERN 492 (Internship) in a gerontology setting.

    A minimum of 9 elective units chosen in consultation with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator from a list of approved elective courses

      • 3-6 units of appropriate coursework in the major field may partially fulfill this requirement, if they contain appropriate gerontology content.
      • 3 units may be fulfilled by taking GERN 497 (Independent Study) or an approved substitute.
      • Your individual program should be preplanned with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator so that it can be tailored to your individual needs and interes

      Alumni work in community programs, health services organizations, government agencies, and the private sector.

Student Learning Outcomes

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At the completion of the Gerontology Certificate, you will be able to:

1Apply gerontology concepts and principles within your major field of study

 

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Initiate techniques to dispel ageism within your major field of study

 

 

3 Apply theories of adult growth and development, biological changes with aging, and culture and aging within your major field of study

 

4 Apply concepts and skill related to aging in field experiences with older adults and families

 

 

Admission Requirements

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Interested students should contact the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Maria Claver at 562-985-4495 or mclaver@csulb.edu

Admission requirements include:
  • A bachelor’s degree in any major (may be taken concurrently)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Upper division standing (junior, senior or graduate)

Application Process

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If you are currently a CSULB student:

  • In consultation with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator, submit to Enrollment Services the intent form to add the Certificate in Gerontology to the major program of study.
  • Apply for the Certificate in Gerontology through completion of the appropriate Program Planner in consultation with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator. This must be done in the semester prior to the completion of the Certificate to assure timely issuance of the Certificate.

If you are NOT currently a CSULB student

  • Apply for admission to the University through www.csumentor.edu and select the “Certificate only” option, specifying Gerontology.  Application deadline is June 1 for the fall semester 
  • Apply for the Certificate in Gerontology through completion of the appropriate Program Planner in consultation with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator. This must be done in the semester prior to the completion of the Certificate to assure timely issuance of the Certificate.

 

Gerontology Certificate Coordinator

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Maria Claver, PhD

 

 

mclaver@csulb.edu