Courses You Will Take

The certificate in gerontology will be awarded upon the completion of six courses. The criterion was based on recommendations set by the Association of Gerontology and Higher Education (AGHE).

Required Courses, 9 credit hours
Choose three courses from the list below:
  • GERO 535 Aging in Communities (3 credit hours)
  • GERO 605 Aging Well: A Systems Approach (3 credit hours)
  • GERO 630 Health, Wellness, and Aging (3 credit hours)
  • GERO 635 Aging Well: Adaptations in Later Life (3 credit hours)

Electives, 9 credit hours
Choose three courses from the suggested list below:

  • EDAC 540 Educational Gerontology: Educating Society about Older Adults (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 638 Program Planning in Community and Adult Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 648 The Community Educator
  • EDAC 681 Managing Community Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credit hours)
  • GERO 515 Technology and Aging (3 credit hours)
  • GERO 540 Women and Aging (3 credit hours)
  • GERO 620 Guided Review (3 credit hours)
  • GERO 625 Changing Health/Wellness Behaviors (3 credit hours)
  • HSC 571 Death and Dying (3 credit hours)
  • MGT 500 Managing Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • MKG 505 Survey of Marketing (3 credit hours)

Service Learning
One or more of the courses may include a service-learning component. Service learning experiences include either an individual or group activity in which credit is provided for the learning gained not for the service delivered.

Careers in Aging
Those who pursue the certificate program come from varied work and personal backgrounds. Past students have ranged in professions from architect and insurance agents to health care providers and private consultants. The Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology is a long-standing member of the Association for Gerontology in High Education and the faculty is highly involved with this organization.

Note: Credit hours may be taken from among a variety of classes offered in the greater Indianapolis area as well as on the main campus. If you wish to take a course that is not listed, contact Kathy Segrist to obtain approval.

Online and Distance Education
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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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