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Child Welfare Program

The School of Social Work offers an emphasis in child welfare as a field of practice for students interested in clinical social work practice or supervision and administration in the child welfare area. Students select elective courses to support a child welfare emphasis. Graduates with this emphasis are employed in public and private agencies providing a broad range of services to families and children, including: protection for abused and neglected children, family preservation, family counseling, family crisis intervention, foster care, adoption, group home and institutional group care, child and adolescent mental health, rape crisis intervention, problem pregnancy, and others. The UGA School of Social Work, in partnership with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), has federal Title IV-E funding for full-time and extended-time students. The DFCS Professional Development Section assists students with employment upon graduation. Contact Dr. Alberta Ellett at (706) 542-5409 or for further information.

Selected Certificate Programs at UGA

The School of Social Work participates in four inter-departmental certificate programs: Gerontology, Nonprofit Management, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Disabilities Services. Students may meet some of the requirements for these certificates through their MSW program of study but should plan one or more semesters of additional study beyond the MSW for their completion. Certificates are considered a supplement to the MSW program of study and do not take precedence in the curriculum planning process. The School of Social Work does not control the scheduling of non-social work certificate courses.


The Gerontology Center at the University of Georgia offers a graduate program of study in gerontology, awarding students the Graduate Certificate of Gerontology. The program is interdisciplinary and contains sufficient flexibility to permit students to tailor the focus of the certificate work to their particular interests. The curriculum consists of 18 semester credit hours of graduate level courses. Twelve of these credits must be taken from four categories of: Biology/Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, and research or practicum. In addition, Seminar in Aging (GRNT 6000) is required for the certificate. An application and detailed booklet may be obtained from the Gerontology Center at (706) 542-2539 or Contact Dr. Tiffany Washington at or 706-542-5471.

Marriage and Family Therapy

The Pre-Professional Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to provide an interdisciplinary program for graduate students interested in the applied field of marriage and family therapy. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Georgia in the College of Education, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, or the School of Social Work are eligible to apply. Completion of the requirements for the certificate program will provide a strong academic basis for preparing the student to undertake further supervised clinical training in marriage and family therapy and to integrate theory and practice from a family systems perspective. The certificate program is not intended to provide all the training necessary to function as an independent professional nor to meet all the requirements for (a) state licensure as a marriage and family therapist, or (b) clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The certificate program may meet the course requirements, but not the experience requirements, for MFT licensure in Georgia. MFT Pre-Professional Certificate courses are offered in several units of the University of Georgia, including the Department of Child and Family Development, the Department of Counseling and Human Development, and the School of Social Work. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Robinson, or 706-542-5425, MFT Coordinator, School of Social Work. For forms and more information go to,

Nonprofit Management & Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is designed for students earning graduate and undergraduate degrees in other fields at UGA as well as those who are already employed in the nonprofit arena but who can benefit from advanced training in particular areas related to nonprofit management and leadership. The program is supported by a multidisciplinary faculty of scholars, practitioners and adjunct faculty who are nonprofit leaders in the Athens community.The program consists of a minimum of 4 courses of 3 semester hours each, drawn from the core courses of the Master's degree curriculum of the Institute. For more information, contact Kat Farlowe, assistant graduate coordinator,, or (706) 542-5461 or the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations.

Disability Studies

The purpose of the Disability Studies Certificate is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to become professionals and leaders capable of implementing change in attitudes, policy, and practice across the nation. These professionals will promote the true inclusion of individuals with disabilities as fully-participating members of our communities and nation, with all the rights accorded to every citizen. For more information go to

Environmental Ethics

The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) is a non-degree program offered at the University of Georgia as an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP is an interdisciplinary program, drawing faculty and students from many different departments on campus. We are formally part of the College of Environment and Design. The program provides a forum where philosophers, scientists and people from all other disciplines can discuss social and scientific responsibilities toward our environment in a rational manner which clearly defines problems, considers all the information, and maintains our values. The program offers an undergraduate and graduate Certificate in Environmental Ethics, and holds twelve annual seminars, two annual Philosopher's Walks and occasional conferences. For more information, visit the certificate program website at,

Native American Studies

The Institute of Native American Studies offers graduate and undergraduate certificate programs. These programs permit students to earn UGA degrees in any field, while earning a separate credential attesting to special expertise in Native American Studies. A certificated degree in Native American Studies is an ideal springboard for any number of future endeavors. Those who earn the certificate could work for native populations or any number of public or private agencies that have dealings with Native Americans. Those with the graduate certificate could teach in their underlying discipline or in Native American Studies. For more information go to:

Women’s Studies

The Institute for Women’s Studies provides a feminist interdisciplinary perspective on women and gender. Administratively a program in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Women’s Studies cooperates with departments of all schools and colleges of the University in developing its curriculum and programming. Traditional academic disciplines have devoted little systematic attention to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. The Women's Studies Program offers a 15-hour graduate certificate in Women's Studies. The certificate is available to students who are currently pursuing a graduate degree or who already have a graduate degree. The purpose of the certificate is to expose students to the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary scholarship on women that might otherwise be neglected in their traditional curricula. Interested graduate students must first contact the program advisor to submit an application and to select an interdisciplinary program of study. For more information contact Dr. Mary Caplan at at 706-542-5431 or go to:

Global Health

The University of Georgia Center for Global Health educates and prepares students for leadership positions that have an international dimension. The Center offers comprehensive programs of study and numerous opportunities for service and study abroad. Our field internships help students to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom. Field experiences help to break down preconceived notions about causes and solutions to global health problems and illustrate the complexity of the issues. Experiencing the local realities of health problems first hand while at internship locations provides students with another viewpoint to take with them into their careers. The Graduate Certificate in Global Health aims to:

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Qualitative Studies

The University of Georgia Program in Qualitative Research provides an interdisciplinary perspective on qualitative research design and methods for the social, human, and professional sciences. Sponsored by the College of Education, the School of Social Work, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate Program was approved in 2001 to provide a systematic, coordinated structure to institutionalize the study of qualitative research at the University of Georgia. The program is supported by a multidisciplinary faculty of scholars dedicated to improve professional practice and scholarship through active collaboration and critical self-reflection in the use of a broad range of qualitative methods. The community is guided by a set of values that honors diversity through the active inclusion of members who are broadly representative of the disciplines that comprise the modern university. For more information go to: