Graduate Certificate Programs

SPADA is excited to announce the addition of two NEW graduate certificates starting in fall 2022. These options replace the 24-credit hour certificate program. The coursework can be completed either online or in a hybrid, weekend format.

  • The Clinical Addiction Certificate is an 18-credit hour program and designed for post-bachelors students. This certificate is a great option for those wishing to pursue a Michigan credential (e.g., Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor [CADC]).
  • The Addiction Specialization Certificate is a 9-credit hour program and designed for dual-enrolled graduate students, or those returning post-master's to obtain continuing education hours for Michigan credentialing (e.g., Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor [CAADC]).

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  • Clinical Addiction Certificate Coursework
    1. Introduction to Substance Use and Addiction (ADA 6200)
    2. Cultural Humility and Social Justice in the Addiction Field (ADA 6330)
    3. Approaches to Addiction Services (ADA 6350)
    4. Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions (ADA 6400 and CECP 6390)
    5. Addiction in Family Systems and Primary Relationships (ADA 6410)
    6. Practicum (ADA 6700) - or -
      Capstone (ADA 6710)
  • Addiction Specialization Certificate Coursework
    1. Introduction to Substance Use and Addiction (ADA 6200)
    2. Cultural Humility and Social Justice in the Addiction Field (ADA 6330)
    3. Approaches to Addiction Services (ADA 6350) - or -
      Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction (ADA 6400 or CECP 6390)

Current Certificate Information

Western Michigan University's Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse offers a graduate certificate. The program is a 24-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 graduate certificate program in alcohol and drug abuse does qualify for financial aid.  Please contact the financial aid department at (269) 387-6000 for more information.  

The current curriculum (up until fall 2022) consists of 21 credit hours of required coursework and three credit hours of field practicum. The course credit hours and field practicum experience can be applied to the educational and field experience requirements for the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Credential, the Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) Credential and the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Credential. Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for more information.

Note:  In order to obtain a credential from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals, you must complete your clinical hours at a licensed facility. Search for licensed substance abuse programs in Michigan on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website click on Business and select "substance abuse" under license type.

Upon acceptance

  1. Upon acceptance into the program, please read the Professional Standards and Expectations document and return the signed signature page as instructed.
  2. To guide you through completion of the program please use the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse checklist prior to practicum and the checklist during practicum.
  3. As part of the graduate certificate program, you must enroll in and complete the field practicum, which will give you experience in your prospective field.
  4. You are required to thoroughly read the field practicum manual immediately upon acceptance into the program.

Required Courses

All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

  • ADA 6060 - or - CECP 6340 - or - SWRK 6530 Causes of Substance Abuse
  • ADA 6110 Physical Aspects of Addictive Drugs
  • ADA 6115 Applied Neuropsychopharmacology of Addictive Drugs
  • ADA 6330 Diversity and Ethical Issues in Addictions
  • ADA 6340 - or - CECP 6360 - or - SWRK 6550 Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  • ADA 6400 - or - CECP 6390 Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions 
  • ADA 6410 Addiction in Family Systems
  • ADA 6700 Field Practicum - or - ADA 5700 Field Education - 1 credit
    (if an enrolled graduate student in either SWRK or CECP)


The graduate certificate course of study is tailored toward adult ,non-traditional students, featuring a hybrid format with Saturday classes on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo. The graduate certificate courses are also offered entirely online, excluding the field practicum or capstone experience.