Javascript is currently not supported, or is disabled by this browser. Please enable Javascript for full functionality.

Skip to Main Content
University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

COSA Gerontology Certificate

Return to Academic Programs Return to: Academic Programs

The MSW Program at the School of Social Work is accredited to offer two advanced specializations: Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (DP) and Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA). All students in the MSW must select a single specialization when they matriculate. The proposed COSA Community Organizing and Practice Certificate will be part of the COSA specialization.

The proposed COSA Gerontology Certificate is designed to prepare students for professional practice in communities and organzations addressing the needs of older adults. Knowing how to work with older adults as a social work professional offers many opportunities in an era when that segment of the population continues to increase steeply.

Through specialized courses and a dedicated field placement experience, the proposed COSA Gerontology Certificate students will be exposed to the various roles and settings that constitute contemporary social work practice in aging.

Elective Courses

At least one SWCOSA electives (3 credits) where student completes a gerontology project or assignment and presents this to their academic advisor and the Gerontology Certificate Chair.  Possible courses are:

Specialized Field Placement

Total Credits: 24

Return to Academic Programs Return to: Academic Programs

Catalog Navigation