Online Master’s Certificate in Gerontology
Next Start Date: 1/11/2021
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Application Deadline: Rolling
Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Concordia University-Chicago?
Concordia University Chicago’s gerontology certificate program addresses the need of health care professionals as well as professionals in other fields to be prepared to serve the unique needs of an aging population.
The world’s population is aging and the number of older adults is increasing. This demographic reality suggests that there will be a demand for individuals skilled in addressing the unique opportunities and challenges associated with aging.
Lydia K. Manning, Phd
Associate Professor of Gerontology
College of Graduate Studies
Phone: (708) 209-3218
Required Courses 15 Credit Hours
Perspectives in Gerontology
Introductory course for the Master of Arts in gerontology program that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the multi‐disciplinary field of gerontology. Involves several academic disciplines or professional specializations in an approach to gerontology. Substantive, conceptual and methodological issues central to the study of aging and the life course are explored.
Program Management in Aging (GERO 6495)
Designed to expand students’ knowledge of and skills in effective program management of aging services and organizations serving older adults. Students review the aging network while considering the unique needs of older adults. This course also examines approaches for managing service programs effectively. Implications for program evaluation are considered.
Public Policies and Aging (GERO 6500)
The course provides an overview and analysis of the policymaking process and policy initiatives as these affect older adults in society
Diversity in Aging
This course focuses on the differences and diversity of the aging population from a national perspective. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, social class, spiritual and economic issues.
Advanced Topics in Gerontology
Covers a variety of special topics in gerontology. This course is developed and offered based on interest from students and instructors. The topics broaden and complement the gerontological content offered in the required courses taken in the M.A. in gerontology program. Examples of topics include: Families in Later Life; Death and Dying; Aging and Health; Resilience over the Life Course; Global Aging; Gender and Aging; Aging in Literature and Film; Sexuality and Aging; and Grant Writing
Practicum in Gerontology (240 hours in field)
The practicum experience encompasses a supervised practice in a community agency that serves older adults and their families. In addition to the coursework, students are required to complete 240 hours of service during this 16‐week course
What Our Students Are Saying
I selected Concordia University Chicago specifically for their online gerontology program. It has allowed me flexibility in my professional work with elders and my family obligations, while pursuing this degree. This program and the support I have received in this program, has truly challenged me and prepared me to be a leader in the field of aging and as a social scientist. While I am not on a traditional academia track, I strongly believe that the skills and knowledge I have gained in this program will set me apart within long-term services and supports organizations.
When I started the gerontology program, I thought I had an idea of what gerontology was about. After taking classes and interacting with my instructors and and classmates, I learned that there was a great deal more to know about the field. I have been working and interacting with various colleagues at other universities with regards to gerontology and I am confident when I speak to them and have been able to inform them with regards to theories practices and policies thanks to the gerontology department at Concordia University Chicago