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Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education


School of Adult and Graduate Education

Traditional Admissions

Social Work Major
Maynard L. Cressman, M.S.W.
Associate Professor/ Director, Social Work
610-606-4666 Ext. 3502

Gerontology and Global Social Justice
Suzanne Weaver, M.S.W., L.S.W., A.C.S.W.
610-606-4666 Ext. 3500

Child Welfare
Kathleen Boland, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.
610-606-4666 Ext. 3499

Gerontology Certificate

Career Opportunities

Students who have completed this certificate may apply their skills in professional positions such as administrators and medical staff in:

Home health care agencies
Nursing homes
Geropsychology units
Alzheimer’s specialty units
Senior centers
Elderly high-rise buildings
Adult daycare centers
Assisted living facilities
Health bureaus
Mental health centers
The Area Office of Aging

For students with a special interest in serving the needs of older adults, Cedar Crest College offers a 17-credit interdisciplinary certificate in gerontology. This certificate will be of interest to people who are pursuing careers in nursing, psychology, pastoral care, social work, nutrition, and business. The program is designed to provide valuable insight and skills for students who are seeking a career focusing on gerontology, as well as for those who are already working in this field. This certificate program combines classroom content with practical experience.


The certificate program in gerontology is based on a broad multidisciplinary core of knowledge that encompasses several areas of study. As a student in this program, you will learn:

  • To understand the aging process, the relationship between the elderly and society, and to improve the quality of life within the elderly population
  • To understand the biological, spiritual, psychological and sociological perspectives related to the natural and highly variable aging process
  • To look beyond cultural stereotype of the elderly and view this stage of the life cycle as a period of creativity, radiance, spirituality and wisdom
  • To explore new paradigms and cultural ideals for the aging within a theoretical context

Field Experience

Upon completion of four core courses, you will apply your knowledge through supervised field practice in selected agencies and facilities providing services to the elderly. You will also take a final seminar class, along with the field experience, to integrate theory and practice.