Effective fall 2018, the credit hour requirement for the SPADA graduate certificate has increased from 21 to 24 credit hours (including credit hours for the field practicum, ADA 6700 or ADA 5700). This change was in response to the state requirements for the alcohol and drug credentials with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). Western Michigan University has made diligent efforts to align the SPADA curriculum with MCBAP requirements for certification in order to assist our students in obtaining the CADC and CAADC more efficiently. You can find information on state certification below.
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. Click here for gainful employment disclosure information
The curriculum 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.
In addition to WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo, Mich., the graduate certificate course of study is offered at our Grand Rapids 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.
Upon acceptance into the program, please use the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse checklist prior to practicum and the checklist during practicum to guide you through completion. 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. You are required to thoroughly read the field practicum manual immediately upon acceptance into the program.
(All courses are 3 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)