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Important Update:

The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

The Gerontology major provides students with a concentration of courses related to the care and advocacy for the older adult. Because of the rapid pace at which our society is aging and the high percentage of older adults, careers in this area are increasing in demand. A graduate from this program is prepared for a career in administration, advocacy and care of older adults. This program also prepares students to work with families who are making decisions about the care of their older family members.

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Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the skills to work with diverse populations.
  • Serve individuals and families throughout the life span in education, prevention and intervention programs.
  • Apply knowledge of family life education research to serve the community.
  • Evaluate programs for the development and maintenance of interpersonal and social relationships.
  • Identify legal issues, policies and laws adequately to advocate for the wellbeing of families.
  • Relate ethical conduct in a professional setting.
  • Apply effective communication skills to work with individuals and families.


Community & Student Organizations

  • Oklahoma Child Care Resources & Referral Association
  • Oklahoma Counseling Association
  • Central Council on Family Relations
  • UCO Early Childhood Association

Career Opportunities

  • Social Worker
  • Aging Specialist
  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Geriatric Advocate
  • Retirement Facility Administrator
  • Independent Living and Assisted Living Director
  • Hospice Worker

Scholarships & Tuition Waivers

Incoming freshmen are eligible for a variety of scholarships within the General Academic Scholarship Program. There are multiple scholarships specific to the College of Education and Professional Studies.

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