Applied Gerontology Certificate

The program currently is not admitting new students. 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Program Director: Mary W. Carter
410-704-4643
mcarter@towson.edu

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Gerontology consists of 18 units of graduate course work designed as a complement to a graduate program of study or as a stand-alone certificate.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university** with a minimum of 9 units of upper-level course work in social sciences and/or experience working in the field of gerontology and/or course work or training in the field of gerontology
  • Meet the minimum requirements for graduate admission to Towson University

Send the following admission materials to:

University Admissions
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A two- to three-page essay discussing career goals and the planned focus of the graduate work

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

The Applied Gerontology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate requires completion of 18 units with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.

Required Courses (9 Units)
Select three of the following:9
SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL GERONTOLOGICAL ISSUES
APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS
LEGAL ISSUES IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE
ORGANIZING SYSTEMS OF CARE FOR CHRONICALLY ILL AND PHYSICALLY DEPENDENT POPULATIONS
ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICUM
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE
Electives (9 Units)
Complete 9 units of graduate electives as approved by academic adviser9
Total Units18

1. Critically describe, critique, and apply core multidisciplinary gerontological principles and concepts to a myriad of complex social issues and practices related to population aging, including public policy, advocacy, social services, retirement, and long-term care.
2. Demonstrate cultural competency, social responsibility and awareness through the consistent use of effective communication skills in all settings and with a variety of ages, audiences, and settings.
3. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking skills through applied research and through the use of written and oral presentations that draw upon, analyze, and evaluate core gerontological knowledge areas, including data interpretation and analysis, for use and dissemination among gerontology professionals, educated lay audiences, and the general public.

Courses

GERO 530 COMMUNITY PLANNING FOR AN AGING SOCIETY (3)

Multidisciplinary approach to the urban environment as a physical and social context for the diverse lifestyle of its older residents. Theoretical approaches to aging and the environment with emphasis on the impact of communities and built environments.

GERO 550 DIRECTED READINGS IN GERONTOLOGY (3)

Systematic inquiry into a topic of the student's choice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of adviser.

GERO 567 DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT (3)

Examination of present social considerations on death, including demographic, attitudinal and ritualistic variables; death education through the life cycle; structure of the grief process; impact of terminal illness on the patient and the family; ethical issues surrounding euthanasia and suicide. Not open to students who successfully completed SOCI 558. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

GERO 601 SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL GERONTOLOGICAL ISSUES (3)

Issues related to demographic changes, community services and standards for specific service areas.

GERO 610 APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS (3)

Research methods for applied practice settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 212 or consent or instructor.

GERO 620 LEGAL ISSUES IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE (3)

Legal and regulatory issues in gerontological practice.

GERO 625 GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT (3)

Fundamental principals and practice standards of professional geriatric care management. Graduate Students only.

GERO 684 GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICUM (3)

Supervised practicum in community agency or organization. Prerequisites: Substantial completion of M.S. program and permission of faculty advisor.

GERO 685 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE (3)

Independent research in gerontological practice area. Prerequisite: Substantial completion of M.S. program and permission of faculty advisor.