Nov 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Gerontology Graduate Certificate

(available through distance education only)

Contact: Gayle Doll
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Gerontology  is one of the interinstitutional graduate programs offered through the Great Plains Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA). GP-IDEA is a consortium of universities that have come together to offer post-baccalaureate programs through distance education to students whose family or career keeps them from completing an on-campus graduate degree or certificate. The 15-credit gerontology certificate program is designed to prepare professionals who are either working directly with older people or who are involved in education or research related to aging issues. Professionals offering direct services often are involved in health promotion programs; directing intergenerational activities; managing senior centers or retirement communities; counseling older people and their families; and helping people plan for retirement. Professionals involved in education and research may evaluate community-based services; teach others about the aging process; develop policies and programs to serve the needs of older adults; work with business and industry on issues related to an aging work force; and consumer education.

Universities collaborating on the gerontology certificate program are listed on the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance website at Students select a “home” institution through which they will apply to the program and enroll. Students will then take courses taught by their home institution as well as the other cooperating universities. The program has been designed to provide students with the core competencies identified by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

The certificate program consists of two required three-credit courses, listed below. The remaining nine credits can be taken from other core courses or from gerontology electives offered through GP-IDEA or at the home institution (with prior approval). Up to three credits of practicum experience may be included in the certificate program.

The certificate program has been designed for students who seek a credential in gerontology and who do not need a master’s degree.

Courses which may be used as electives

For additional information see the course schedule matrix at