2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Social Work
Degree Plan: Gerontology Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

(Level I Certificate)

Eastfield only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must complete 25% of the degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.


The aging of the population is one of the most important demographic trends currently affecting the United States. The 60-plus population is growing more rapidly than any other major population group. Individuals who have studied gerontology (study in aging) are in high demand as expanding opportunities exist among individuals who provide direct services to older adults. Gerontology complements a variety of existing degree and certificate programs. Almost every area of study or practice that deals with people or their needs has a branch that is devoted to aging. This certificate will provide specific knowledge and skills in working with and relating to the older population.



GERS 1301 Introduction to Gerontology 3
GERS 1310 Social Work and the Aging 3
GERS 1343 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging 3
GERS 2333 Legal and Ethical Issues 3


GERS 1304 Activity Directing I 3
GERS 1342 Aging and Mental Health 3
GERS 1392 Special Topics in Gerontology 3
GERS 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Adult Development and Aging 3
Minimum Hours Required 24

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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