Undergraduate Certificate Programs

The School of Social Work offers three optional certificate programs for the upper level majors. Upon completion of the requirements for each program, students will receive a certificate from the School of Social Work attesting that they have met the criteria listed below.

Certificate in Aging

  1. Students must complete both semesters of their senior field placement in an aging setting.
  2. Students must take one elective course in aging from an approved list of courses. The course can either be offered by the School or by another department in the university. The School electives that would match the criteria are Social Work in Health Care (SW 472) or Social Work in Gerontology (SW 290 or 490). Please check with the Undergraduate Office about non-social work electives that could be acceptable.
  3. Students must attend two conferences related to aging outside of normal School course work. The School is involved in sponsoring a number of conferences that could meet this criterion. The conferences could occur any time during the two years students are in our program. Students would have to present signed documentation of their attendance at each conference. Suitable conferences are posted on the student list serve and students may also ask the Undergraduate Office for approval if they find a conference they would like to attend that could meet the conference attendance requirement. If you do not take the SW 490 series for your aging course, you can use individual modules from the course to meet the conference criteria.

Certificate in Diversity Achievement

  1. Students must take an additional course in diversity beyond the one already required by the School. The course could be an additional one from the list of approved diversity courses for our major or another offering, which would need approval from the Undergraduate Office.
  2. Students would need to attend four diversity-themed events, and present signed documentation of their attendance at each event. The School sponsors many suitable events and any of these would be fine. They include Martin Luther King Day, Dia de la Mujer, Michigan Indian Day, any of the Triangle Coalition or Council for Students with Disabilities sponsored events, and the diversity field trips. Other events would need approval from the School in order to count toward the certificate.

Certificate in Child Welfare

Logo of the Michigan Department of Human ServicesParticipation in this certificate will enable students who would like to work for the Michigan Department of Human Services Children’s Services Division (child protective services, foster care, or adoption) or a private Michigan child welfare agency to waive some of the mandated DHS pre-service trainings for new child welfare employees. This would increase the desirability to hire a social work graduate with the child welfare certificate and enable the new employee to begin with a higher degree of competency. Requirements for this certificate are:

  1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 over their last 60 credits in order to qualify for the certificate.
  2. Students must complete both semesters of their senior year field placements in a child welfare setting approved by the School and meeting the requirements of the certificate program.
  3. Students must enroll in and successfully complete the School's Child Welfare course (SW 471) before they graduate.
  4. Students must take an elective course from an approved menu of courses, in addition to SW 471. These courses could include Dr. Whipple's SW 891 course on early intervention and child abuse and neglect and SW 474-Social Work and Substance Abuse. Other courses may be used with the permission of the Undergraduate Office.
  5. Students must attend two conferences or workshops related to child welfare outside of normal School course work. The School and its Continuing Education program are involved in a number of conferences and workshops that could meet this criterion. The conferences/workshops could occur any time during the two years the students are in our program. Students would have to present signed documentation of their attendance at the conference or workshop. Suitable conferences are posted on the student list serve and students can also ask the Undergraduate Office for approval if they find a conference they would like to attend that could meet the conference attendance requirement.

Students interested in certificates would need to send an e-mail to the Undergraduate Office stating this. A file would be kept in the undergraduate advising office for these students. As the various criteria for each of the certificates are met, students would need to send the appropriate documentation to the Undergraduate Office at 655 Auditorium Road, 153 Baker Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824. Please email the Undergraduate Office or call 517-432-3728 if you have questions.

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