Across the country, long-term care providers are experiencing a shortage of qualified and committed direct-care workers to address the needs of America's aging population. The Center for Gerontology at Western Michigan University was initiated to address that need.
With support from University and community stakeholders, the center serves as a catalyst for health-related research in aging and provides educational programs and service-learning activities that offer lifelong learning for professionals, older adults and their families.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Western Michigan University offers a program training substance abuse specialists through the Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SPADA). The departments of Biological Sciences, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Public Affairs and Administration, Sociology and the School of Social Work provide the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary basis for this specialty. Courses are planned and taught by program faculty and faculty from the contributing disciplines.
As a student in the certificate program in applied hydrogeology at Western Michigan University, you will gain the field, technical and analytical skills that prepare you for successful careers in hydro- and environmental geology. Students will learn the principles and practices of aquifer testing and analysis, contaminant transport and remediation, drilling and water well design, installation and development and near-surface geophysics. Students will also practice water, soil, gas and sediment sampling, field geochemistry, scientific writing, proper data collection, field documentation, scientific presentation and analysis. Through online and field courses, students will gain the knowledge, as well as the ability to carry out relevant field techniques and develop technical and problem-solving skills.
Applied Statistics, Interdisciplinary
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is a program designed primarily for graduate students at Western Michigan University who are not Statistics majors. Students who complete the program will be quantitatively aware and capable of doing quantitative research for their doctoral dissertations and masters theses. They will be able to properly design their experiments or surveys, collect data, and perform analyses using statistical software packages such as SPSS or SAS. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in Applied Statistics, Interdisciplinary program is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
The graduate certificate in Assistive Technology prepares vision professionals to advance their careers though additional knowledge in assistive technology to help those who are blind, visually impaired or have functional visual limitations. The graduate certificate in Assistive Technology is offered through the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies.
The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is designed for graduate students in the Department of Statistics as well as for qualifying graduate students who are not statistics majors. Working professionals, including physicians, nurses, clinical researchers, health educators and health administrators will also find that this certificate enhances their knowledge base in health-related data analysis. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in Biostatistics is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
Cultural and Environmental Heritage Management
The certificate program in Cultural and Environmental Heritage Management will prepare students to identify and manage cultural and environmental heritage through an interdisciplinary approach that includes class and field work. Students who complete this program will be well versed in the interdisciplinary content and methods necessary to effectively advise communities regarding heritage resources and to conduct resource studies such as those mandated under state and federal law.
Early Childhood Special Education
The Early Childhood Special Education Certificate is designed to provide both face to face and online options for students working to obtain their State of Michigan ZS endorsement (Early Childhood Special Education).
The graduate certificate program in Educational Technology provides a strong framework for developing educational technology competencies for individuals employed or seeking professional employment in the field of education as technology specialists. The coursework is designed to serve several audiences, especially teachers or other individuals interested in educational technology in the classroom. Those with more advanced technology knowledge who are interested in learning professional competencies and responsibilities required for building level technology specialist positions will also find this program useful. School district technology coordinators, administrators and staff will also benefit from advanced training in educational technology coordination. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in Educational Technology is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
English as a Second Language
This 21 credit hour graduate certificate in English as a Second Language is designed to prepare educators to meet the unique needs of English language learners in K-12 schools. Upon completion of this certificate plus one additional course (TEL 6220) graduates will be eligible for certification by Michigan Department of Education's English as a Second Language endorsement. Students do not need prior experience in working with English learners. This program addresses the academic and linguistic needs of the growing number of English learners in Michigan and worldwide. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in English as a Second Language is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
Geographic Information Science
The certificate program in Geographic Information Science is designed for professionals in the social and physical sciences, public administration, information technology, engineering, business, and other disciplines who need skills in handling and analyzing geographically distributed data. Please be aware that financial aid for the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
Higher Education and Student Affairs
The certificate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) is designed to enhance the work of current professionals in student affairs and related administrative positions by providing the theoretical and academic knowledge associated with the field. Applicants to this certificate program must be employed full-time in higher education or be enrolled in another graduate program at WMU. Successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment to, and experiences within, higher education. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
The Graduate Certificate Program in History is designed to provide students with the opportunity to take graduate-level courses in History for professional development or for personal enrichment. Students can choose either to focus on a specific area of study or to take courses from a variety of historical subfields. The Certificate in History is ideal for those who desire a graduate credential in History, but are unsure about the feasibility of seeking a master’s or doctoral degree. Credits earned in the Graduate Certificate program can be applied to a Master of Arts degree if you decide to continue your studies.
History of Monastic Movements
The Graduate Certificate in the History of Monastic Movements is encouraged as an adjunct to a number of graduate degree programs at Western Michigan University. Master's or doctoral students in History, Anthropology, English, Medieval Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religion will find it particularly helpful for widening their perspective and deepening their knowledge base. The certificate requires 18 credit hours of approved courses, including a seminar on Monastic and Communitarian Movements offered by faculty of the participating departments or institutes. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in History of Monastic Movements is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
This graduate certificate will enable any IT graduate with a bachelor’s degree to specialize in either information security management or secure software and engineering. Whether you're a graduate student or industry professional, the graduate certificate in Information Security will give you marketable experience, prepare you for the SANS GIAC, CISSP, CISA, ITIL tests and provide the credentials to help you pursue these expanding career opportunities. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in Information Security is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness
The Graduate Certificate Program in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness is designed to provide education and experience in holistic approaches to health. Multidisciplinary in nature, it includes eighteen semester hours of study in holistic health care and related topics. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
The number of kinship care families, where grandparents and other relatives care for children whose own parents are unable to care for them, continues to increase in the United States and throughout the world. These family members experience unique challenges related to their living situation. Western Michigan University's Graduate Certificate in Kinship Care is specifically designed for professionals from varied fields to enhance their professional knowledge and skills when working with adults or children living in kinship care families.
Learning for Sustainability
The Certificate Program in Learning for Sustainability (LfS) is designed to develop competencies needed to wrestle with complex real-world problems and sustainability challenges. Students will explore the complexity of human cares and situate that inquiry in the context of factors impacting quality of life and the state of the planet. Participants will develop new skills in systems thinking and modeling; understanding and evaluating the ecological and social impacts of transport, housing, energy, food, water, forestry, healthcare, financial, and manufacturing systems; critical and anticipatory thinking; mindfulness; awareness of place; empathy; problem posing and problem solving; planning and decision-making; designing and evaluating interventions to enhance well-being (products, policies, social innovations, enterprises, etc.); transformative change; collaboration; and social learning. Please be aware that financial aid for the Learning for Sustainability Graduate Certificate will only be available to students concurrently enrolled in another master's or doctoral program at WMU.
Low Vision Rehabilitation for the Occupational Therapist
The aim of this program is to acquire competencies in assessment and intervention principles for clients with low vision while incorporating occupational therapy theory and evidence based research from the vision rehabilitation field. The certificate program builds a foundation and provides in-depth, hands-on training to serve the unique needs of the individual with vision loss, the impact on occupational performance, and interventions and compensatory techniques for daily occupations to help a person adapt to their vision loss. Assignments throughout the program will assist students with networking in an interprofessional environment within their professional community. In addition to acquiring the graduate certificate, graduates will be eligible to apply for advanced certification in vision rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Please be aware that financial aid for the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation for the Occupational Therapist is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
The Certificate Program in Music Performance is a highly selective, non-degree graduate program for specialized training of the gifted and accomplished performer in preparation for competitions, auditions and development of a performance career. The program of study includes private instruction, solo performance, experience in both large ensembles and chamber music, musicianship, and entrepreneurial workshops. It may include non-performance music courses. Please be aware that financial aid for the graduate certificate in Music Performance is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Graduate Certificate Program
The Certificate in Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is offered by the department of Special Education and Literacy Studies. This certificate prepares educators and related service personnel to work in educational environments to meet the unique behavioral needs of K-12 learners through systemic, positive, prevention focused and data-based decision making. With t his certificate, educators and related service personnel can collaborate with other school professionals to plan interventions for students who present challenging behaviors. In addition, the program will help teachers who wish to expand their classroom management skills to support all students, especially those who present academic and behavioral challenges. Please be aware that financial aid for the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Graduate Certificate will not be available unless the student is concurrently enrolled in another master's or doctoral program at WMU.
Professional Workforce Educator
This graduate certificate program provides knowledge related to contextual-based learning in the field of workforce education. The two required courses provide the student with a background related to the foundation of workforce.
Spirituality, Culture and Health
The Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University offers an online Graduate Certificate in Spirituality, Culture and Health. Human services and health care professionals will benefit from this unique certificate created to address the needs of people who serve an increasingly diverse population. Please be aware that financial aid for the Graduate Certificate in Spirituality, Culture and Health is only available to students concurrently pursuing another master's or doctoral degree at WMU.