Certificate in Gerontology
Gerontology is the most recent addition to inter-institutional graduate programs offered through the Great Plains Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA), a consortium of universities who have come together to offer post-baccalaureate programs through distance education to students whose family or career keep them from completing an on-campus degree or certificate. The certificate program has been designed for students whose goal is a credential in gerontology and who do not need a master's degree.
The 21-credit program will 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
- helping people plan for retirement
The certificate program consists of five required courses, listed below. The remaining classes (six credits) can be taken from other core courses or electives which are a part of the online Master’s in Gerontology program or courses which may be offered either online or on-campus at the home institution (approval of electives by the home institution advisor is required). Up to three hours of practicum experience may be included in the certificate program, but is not required.
FSHS 775 Perspectives in Gerontology: Cr. 3. Fall.
An overview of current aging issues including the current focus of gerontology theory and research, critical social and political issues in aging, the interdisciplinary focus of gerontology, current career opportunities, and aging in the future.
FSHS 845 Adult Development and Aging: Cr. 3. Spring.
This course explores the biological, psychological, and social factors that are associated aging. Although the focus is on the later years, information is presented from a life-span developmental framework. Empirical studies are reviewed and their strengths, limitations and implications for normative and optimal functioning are discussed.
HN718 Physical Health and Nutrition in Aging: Cr. 3. Spring.
Focus is on the physiological theories of aging, the relationship between normal aging processes, and the major chronic and acute diseases of the elderly, and community health promotion/maintenance programs for older adults.
FSHS 776 Program Evaluation and Research Methods: Cr. 3. Spring/Summer.
Overview of program evaluation, research methods, and grant writing in gerontology. Includes application of quantitative and qualitative methods in professional settings.
FSHS 779 Professional Seminar in Gerontology: Cr. 3. Spring/Summer.
An integrative experience in which students will strengthen skills in ethical decision-making and behavior and apply those skills in related areas such as advocacy, professionalism, and family and workplace issues. Students from a variety of professions will apply unique perspectives to topics of common interest.
Kansas State University currently is accepting applications. The application packet includes all the required information including deadline dates, course schedules and descriptions, and requirements for graduate study. The application process is competitive and a limited number of slots are available to incoming students. In the event that a student is not accepted to our program due to limited space, they may wish to contact one of our partnering institutions. The application form required by the Graduate School must be completed online.
Fall or Summer term: February 1
Spring term: September 1
Fall term: February 1
Spring term: August 1
Summer term: December 1
To apply to the program, please follow the appropriate link below.
- Application procedures, deadlines and admission criteria (pdf)
- Admission requirements for graduate programs at Kansas State University
- Recommendation form (pdf)
- Graduate School
- Graduate School Application
If you need further information or have questions regarding the program please contact:
Center on Aging
103 Leasure Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506