Certificate Programs

 Certificate in Leadership in Rural Gerontological Practice

The Certificate in Leadership in Rural Gerontological Practice is a program of specialized preparation for graduate level social work students and advanced undergraduates preparing for careers as leaders in gerontological practice in Maine and beyond.

 Certificate Components & Requirements

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of gerontological practice and aging issues in foundation-level courses
  • Participate in geriatric field rotations during the course of your MSW education

    Student working on Certificate Program through Center on Aging with Older Participant
    Student working on a Certificate program through the Center on Aging with an older participant
  • Complete selected assignments informed by geriatric practice competencies in advanced practice, policy, and research courses
  • Complete an advanced internship at a HPPAE Consortium member agency**
  • Participate in the Community Geriatric Leadership Mentor Program
  • Participate in an ongoing, electronic gerontological practice bulletin board with students, faculty, and practitioners
  • Complete a specialty/certificate course on Advanced Gerontological Practice and Leadership in Rural Communities
  • Work with a faculty gerontologist as your academic advisor during the pursuit of the Certificate

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Lenard Kaye (len.kaye@maine.edu; 207.262.7922)

Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Maine is a 3-course, 9-credit, program to be offered online. It is designed to increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of health and human service professionals who provide care to older adults and their caregivers in various settings. The curriculum is offered via distance-education technology to meet the needs of working professionals everywhere, who, because of the rapidly aging population, find themselves caring for a growing number of older adults.

For more information please go to the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Or Contact:

Lenard Kaye (len.kaye@maine.edu; 207.262.7922)

Nancy Fishwick (fishwick@maine.edu; 207.581.2607)

Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Disability Studies is a progressive 9-credit graduate level curriculum in which social work students can study with students and professionals from other fields to acquire specialized knowledge in disability theory, policy and research. Courses examine disability theory, policy, and practices that address disability needs, rights and interventions. The Certificate provides a valuable credential for those currently working in or thinking of entering any aspect of disability practice, policy and research. All courses have been successfully taught as the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Concentration in the Graduate School for at least the past three consecutive years. We use an online asynchronous structure for all courses. Students complete the following three 3 credit courses to obtain the certificate or can study in any one or more of the classes without applying for a certificate.

DIS 500- Interdisciplinary Seminar in Disability Studies
DIS 520: Disability as Diversity
DIS 530: Disability Policy

For additional Information – Please contact Dr. Stephen Gilson (email: Stephen.f.gilson@maine.edu) for more information or go to the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies webpage: Disability Studies