Graduate Certificates

Kent State University's School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences empowers individuals with advanced training and education through its diverse range of graduate certificates.

Explore our graduate certificates below!

Addictions Counseling

Addictions Counseling - Graduate Certificate

Looking to become a compassionate and skilled counselor in the field of addiction? Discover how the Addictions Counseling graduate certificate  can help you make a meaningful impact in the lives of those struggling with addiction. This certificate program prepares students with all the requisite training hours for licensure eligibility as a chemical dependency counselor in Ohio, issued by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program between Special Education and Speech Pathology & Audiology. The ASD Certificate coursework prepares participants for understanding and addressing the needs of autistic individuals across the spectrum and over the lifespan, in varied contexts including general and special education classrooms and community settings.

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Behavioral Intervention Specialist

Behavioral Intervention Specialist - Graduate Certificate

The Behavioral Intervention Specialist graduate certificate is a highly-specialized sequence that imbues the theoretical orientation and practical application of applied behavior analysis. Through coursework in special education, as well as supervised field-based experiences, students gain specialized knowledge and skills to collaborate with professional teams and parents to develop, implement and evaluate positive behavior support programs for children and youths with behavioral concerns.

The program's course sequence has been designated as a Verified Course Sequence by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Students seeking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential must meet additional requirements outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

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Deaf Education Multiple Disabilities

Deaf Education Multiple Disabilities - Graduate Certificate

The Deaf Education Multiple Disabilities certificate combines coursework from several special education programs. This program is for students enrolled in a deaf education degree program or who have earned teaching licensure in deaf education.

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Early Intervention

Early Intervention - Graduate Certificate

The Early Intervention graduate certificate is primarily intended for individuals interested in working with young children ages 0-3 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities and their families across a variety of settings. 

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Gerontology - Graduate Certificate

Kent State University and the University of Akron together offer a graduate level Certificate in Gerontology, which may be received in conjunction with degrees from either institution at the Specialist’s, Master’s or Doctoral levels. The Gerontology graduate certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve the growing aging population. Our expert faculty will guide you through coursework covering topics like age-related changes, eldercare policy and more.

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Nursing Home Administration

Nursing Home Administration - Graduate Certificate

The Nursing Home Administration graduate certificate offers courses in management, finance, marketing and more, all focused on the unique needs of nursing home administration. With flexible online coursework and experienced faculty, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage a nursing home and other senior living services to improve the quality of care for its residents. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for NHA and HSE licensure.

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