Western Michigan University's specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse offers a graduate certificate. The program is a 21-credit hour specialization for working professionals and graduate students in counselor education and counseling psychology, occupational therapy, psychology, public administration, biological sciences, social work, sociology or other related disciplines.
The curriculum consists of18 credit hours of required coursework and three credit hours of field practicum. Persons who have previously completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at another institution may also be eligible for enrollment. The course credit hours and field practicum experience may be applied to the educational and field experience requirements for the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Credential and the Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) Credential. Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for more information.
In addition to WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo, Mich., the graduate certificate course of study is offered at our Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Metro-Detroit and Traverse City regional locations. While the requirements are the same, courses at WMU regional locations are tailored toward adult non-traditional students, featuring evening and weekend classes. The graduate certificate courses are also offered online, excluding the field practicum experience. Check course listings or visit the Extended University Programs website for more information.
To assist in planning your course schedule, please refer to the course rotation schedule.