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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology


This certificate provides a foundation of theories, concepts, research findings and practical examples to help students work effectively with older adults and their families in a community setting. Courses build on resources in the interdisciplinary fields of social gerontology and family studies to illuminate the processes of aging and the ways aging plays out in social contexts, including the family. Students will learn about the challenges and opportunities of an aging society by exploring the heterogeneity of the older adult population and the diversity of families; they will also be challenged to gain a deeper, more reflective understanding of the lived experience of aging. All courses include opportunities for students to apply this knowledge to real-life situations addressed in family life education and other practice fields.

Dr. Nichole L. Huff,
Director of Family Life and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Program
Phone: 919-515-9155
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

Graduate certificate programs are an alternative to a full master’s degree. Our certificate programs are designed to prepare professionals to better serve in their roles as family life and parent educators and youth professionals.

(What will I learn?)

The certificate requires 12 credit hours:

  • FYD 524 Applications of Gerontology in Family Life Education (3 credits)
  • FYD 554 Collaborations and Partnerships in Youth and Family Settings (3 credits)
  • FYD 523 Family Relationships Over the Life Course OR FYD 533 Complex Family Issues (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits; see list at departmental website)
Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 12

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Applicants must meet one (1) of the three (3) following requirements to apply to a FYD graduate certificate program:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of graduation,

  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program, or
  • Have a master’s degree.


Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Four courses (12 credit hours) must be completed.

  • All certificate requirements must be completed within four calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences the first course toward the certificate.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on all certificate course work.
  • The minimum grade to receive certificate credit is "C."
  • Students may take up to nine (9) credit hours of coursework as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS)/Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student before being accepted to the certificate program.
  • Transfer credit from other programs is not allowed.
  • Students must submit a Family and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Exit Form when all program requirements have been completed.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Go to the Graduate School Admissions Web site to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. Or, to register for courses as a non-degree student, click on "Apply & Enroll."

There is a $25 application fee to apply to the graduate certificate program. There are no deadlines for submitting applications for admittance to FYD graduate certificate programs; you can submit your application anytime.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $4,740.00
Non-resident: $9,228.00

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