The Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program consists of an organized graduate curriculum of study for students already enrolled in a degree-specific graduate program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Gerontology Certificate Program requires at least twenty-one credit hours, which can be taken in conjunction with many graduate degree programs. All graduate certificates require 3 credit hours (1 course) over and above that which is required for the MSSW program.
Gerontology Certificate Program of Study
The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology consists of the following program of study:
Nine (9) credit required hours covering the focus areas of the interdisciplinary field of gerontology. All required courses are available online.
- SW 572 – Evidence Based Practice with Older Adults (3 credit hours). This course is offered in the fall and spring. For the MSSW program – this is one of the three electives, offered by the college. All EBIP students in the MSSW program must take one elective. You should choose the Older Adults selective.
- SW 566 – Social & Cultural Aspects of Aging (3 credit hours). This course is currently offered in the summer. It will also be offered in the spring, beginning spring 2013. For the MSSW program this will count as one of your electives.
- SW 555 – Psychological Development & Mental Health in Later Life (3 credit hours). This class is offered only in the spring. For the MSSW program this will count as one of your electives. It can be taken in your specialization year.
- Electives – six (6) hours of more
- SW513 – Lifespan and Neurophysiologic Development (4 credit hours). This course can count as an elective for the Gerontology Certificate. If you choose to do the aging related assignment for this course, you will need to send the Gerontology Certificate Chair a copy of this assignment. Offered online and also face-to-face at the Nashville Campus.
- SW519/549/563 – Research (3 credit hours). This course can count as an elective for the Gerontology Certificate. If you choose to do the aging related assignment for this course, you will need to send the Gerontology Certificate Chair a copy of this assignment. Offered online and also face-to-face at the Nashville Campus.
- Other MSSW or graduate elective as approved by the Gerontology Certificate Chair.
Six (6) hours of internship or practicum.
Applying to the Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program
- You must be a current graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville;
- You must complete the Gerontology Certificate Program Application (Click here for application in MS Word format)
- Mail or email your completed application to the Gerontology Certificate Chair:
Sherry Cummings, Ph.D.
Chair, Gerontology Certificate Program
The University of Tennessee
College of Social Work
193 Polk Ave., Suite E
Nashville, TN 37210
Completing the Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program
During your final semester, download, complete, and submit the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (PDF).
The Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form must be completed, signed by the Gerontology Certificate program chair, and received by the Graduate School in order for the Gerontology Certificate Program to appear on a student’s University of Tennessee, Knoxville transcript and for the student to receive the actual certificate from the Graduate School.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Gerontology Certificate Program
The Certificate Program is designed so that elective courses in most programs that have been approved as Certificate courses can be used to fulfill Certificate requirements. Courses may be used to count towards both a Master’s degree and the Gerontology Certificate if they fulfill requirements of both programs. With proper planning, one can complete both programs of study in a two-year period.
Yes. If all Certificate of Gerontology requirements cannot be met before graduation from a degree program, work may still be done toward the Certificate after graduation. Non-degree status must be granted through the Graduate School early in the semester before enrollment in courses as a non-degree student. Please note any student anticipating following this route should consult with an advisor.
There is no established time limit for receiving the certificate. If classes have not been taken over a three-year period, a student will be considered “inactive”. Students who have been classified as “inactive” can have the status lifted by scheduling an advisory session with the Gerontology Coordinator. This meeting is necessary to review the courses which are available and necessary for completion of the Certificate requirements.
You should contact the Chair of the Gerontology Certificate program if you have any additional questions:
Sherry Cummings, Ph.D.