This certificate program is a special course of study in gerontology that complements undergraduate degree programs in various departments and colleges throughout the University. Individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution may also pursue the certificate.

The program represents a concentration involving current knowledge and research in gerontology. It adds another dimension to the knowledge and skills a student is able to offer in the many professions that are becoming specialized in research and service to adults and older adults. This course of study coordinates multi-disciplinary training of personnel in adult development and aging and helps to meet the critical shortage of trained individuals in the field of gerontology.

The undergraduate curriculum committee of the Institute will oversee this Certificate Program and certify through the Director of the Institute that all requirements for the certificate have been completed.


To participate in the program, a student must:

  • Obtain admittance to The University of Akron as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student.
  • Submit an application to the program countersigned by the student's major academic advisor. Email your completed application to 
  • Participate in an interview with a designated faculty member of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology.
  • Consult with the Director or designated faculty member to formulate a program of study.
  • Complete an Add Certificate Form and submit to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Receive written notification of admission from the Director of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology. 


Minimum Hours: 20 Credits

Core Requirements - 11 credits: 

  • 3006:450 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Gerontology - 2 credits
  • 3006:495 Practicum - 3 credits (within Institute or in individual departments)
  • 3750:475 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging - 3 credits (Prerequisite: 3750:100 or permission)
  • 3850:343 Sociology of Aging - 3 credits (Prerequisite: 3750:100 or permission)


Electives - 9 credits:  

  • 3750:230 Developmental Psychology - 3 credits
  • 3750:330 Emotions across the Lifespan - 3 credits
  • 3760:441 Family Relationships in Middle & Later Years - 3 credits
  • 6500:480 Introduction to Healthcare Management - 3 credits
  • 7750:344 Death & Dying - 3 credits
  • 7750:349 Integrated Human Behavior & Health - 3 credits
  • 7700:110 Introduction to Disorders of Communication - 3 credits