Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

A Graduate Certificate is an integrated group of courses that is designed to have a very clear and focused academic topic or competency as its subject area. Often, a Graduate Certificate may meet a clearly defined educational need of a constituency group, such as continuing education or accreditation for a particular profession; respond to a specific state mandate; or provide a basic competency in an emerging, usually interdisciplinary, area. A Certificate is not a graduate degree program (it is typically between 9 and 15 credits), but it does provide the student a formal credential of the mastery of a clearly defined academic topic.

Graduate Certificates are becoming an increasingly important component of the total range of graduate educational opportunities offered by a modern, comprehensive research university. Often, Certificates are pursued by students who are also pursuing a graduate degree in a traditional discipline, or who may already have earned one or more graduate degrees. Programs or groups of faculty who wish to establish a new Graduate Certificate at the University of Kentucky should consult the Guidelines for Graduate Certificate Curricula via the Graduate School home page at <www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/>.

The University of Kentucky currently offers Graduate Certificates in the following areas:

Clinical Research Skills
Cognitive Science
College Teaching and Learning
Developmental Disabilities
Environmental Systems
German Studies
Gerontology
Health Communication
Human-Technology Interaction
Informatics
Latin Studies
Medical Behavioral Science
Middle and Secondary School Reading
Music Theory Pedagogy
Orff Schulwerk
Reproductive Laboratory Science
School Social Work
Sensing Technologies
Social Theory
Women's Studies

Although formal admission to a specific Graduate Certificate is handled by the Director of the Certificate, a student seeking to pursue a Graduate Certificate must also apply to and be enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Kentucky. For most Certificates, the student may be enrolled either as a degree-seeking student in an academic program or in post-baccalaureate (non-degree) status. More information on admission requirements and specific plans of study for a particular Graduate Certificate can be obtained via the contacts below.

Note that admission to or completion of a Graduate Certificate does not guarantee subsequent admission to a graduate degree program; that is a separate process, and different criteria prevail.

Clinical Research Skills

The Certificate curriculum is intended to offer participants the necessary course work, informational sessions, and mentored research opportunities necessary to provide them with a strong background in the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in clinical research. The knowledge and skills obtained should improve participants' ability to attract research funding and to publish the results of that work in appropriate peer-reviewed journals. The Kentucky School of Public Health will be the organizational unit responsible for the Certificate. The hours earned by students toward the Certificate may be used by students who wish to continue their study and earn an additional degree, such as the Master's degree in Public Health (MPH).

For more information, contact:

Dr.  Steven I. Shedlofsky
Gastroenterology
MN655 Medical Sciences Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506- 0298
shedlof@email. uky.edu
(859)  323-5575
Fax: (859) 257-8860

Cognitive Science

The Cognitive Science Certificate provides students with the opportunity to study the information-processing aspects of the mind. Participating faculty come from various departments in the College of Arts and Sciences
(Anthropology, Biology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Statistics), as well as from the College of Engineering (Computer Science) and the College of Medicine (Anatomy, Behavioral Science, and Neurology). The Graduate Certificate is open to all graduate students at the University of Kentucky.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Sanford Goldberg
1427 Patterson Office Tower
Department of Philosophy
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
scgold@uky.edu
(859) 257-6540
Fax: (859) 257-3286

College Teaching and Learning

The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning provides a coherent, integrated approach to helping graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, current faculty, and others develop and document the skills needed as part of conscientious preparation for the full range of faculty responsibilities at a range of institutions of higher education.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Carolyn Carter
The Graduate School
315 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
(859) 257-9725
Carolyn.Carter@uky.edu
www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/CTLCertificate/

Developmental Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities prepares professionals from a broad range of disciplines to play a leadership role in providing services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families. An emphasis is placed on developing skills in the field of disability research. The course work emphasizes a life span and interdisciplinary perspective with an emphasis on promoting self-determination, community integration and inclusion. In addition to a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, students acquire a basic foundation in a number of specific, topical areas such as specialized health care services and financing, inclusive education, behavioral supports, employment and community living options, advocacy, legislation, assistive technology, organizational development and theory, group facilitation, and research proposal development.

All courses are taught by an interdisciplinary faculty. Students have the opportunity to participate in a practicum and work directly with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Students also complete a research project under faculty supervision. Three didactic courses (HDI 600, 602 and 604) and one practicum course (HDI 603) are required for the certificate. In addition to the required courses, two or three hours of elective course work is also required; either HDI 601, HDI 605 or one elective from outside HDI courses and those courses required in the student's degree program.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Barney Fleming
Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute
121 Mineral Industries Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0051
(859) 257-7225
bflemin@uky.edu
www.ihdi.uky.edu/ddcertificate

Environmental Systems

The Environmental Systems Certificate is administered by a committee of faculty consisting of representatives from the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Law, Medicine; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; the Graduate School; the Kentucky Environmental Protection Cabinet; and the private sector. Each Environmental Systems course is coordinated by a faculty member, and course instructors are representatives of their respective disciplines.

The Environmental Systems Certificate consists of a core of three survey courses and a seminar course. Students are expected to take two Environmental Systems courses and the seminar twice. The content of the courses and seminars is the responsibility of the coordinator.

Individuals desiring a certificate must submit an application for admission to the Environmental Systems Committee along with an outline of their graduate degree program or their experience.

For more information, contact:

Dr. James A. Kipp
233 Mining & Minerals Resources Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0107
(859) 257-1832
kipp@uky.edu
www.uky.edu/WaterResources/uk-esc.shtml

German Studies

The German Studies Graduate Certificate is designed to enable substantial exposure to the historical and contemporary study of German culture, society, and politics in an interdisciplinary setting. Students may earn the certificate while making normal progress towards attainment of an M.A. or a Ph.D. degree or while enrolled in post-baccalaureate status.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Michael Jones
1065 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
(859) 257-7011
mjones@uky.edu
www.uky.edu/AS/German/Grad/gergrafr.shtml

Gerontology

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is an interdisciplinary curriculum offered by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The Certificate is a part of Sanders-Brown's complete range of research and educational activities that prepare both graduate students and practicing professionals from many disciplines to assume key roles in improving the quality of life for older adults and furthering our understanding of the aging process. Its interdisciplinary focus makes it possible for students to tailor their course work to support their own fields of interest.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Michael Smith
100 Sanders-Brown Building
800 S. Limestone
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0230
(859) 257-1412x224
mdsmit6@uky.edu
www.rgs.uky.edu/aging/geriatriceducation/

Health Communication

The Graduate Program in Communication offers a Certificate in Health Communication that is available to (a) students in the Ph.D. and M.A. Programs in Communication, (b) students in other doctoral programs at the university and (c) post baccalaureate students. The Certificate Program is aimed primarily at individuals interested in developing specialized knowledge and research expertise in health communication that could be applied within both academic and nonacademic settings. Students are expected to have a background in social or behavioral science prior to entering the program. To earn the certificate, students must complete CJT 671 and 771 and either CJT 780 (section focusing on a health communication topic) or a graduate course in medical informatics, for a total of 12 credit hours.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Roy L. Moore
College of Communication and Information Studies
133 Grehan Journalism Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0042
(859) 257-7805
moore@uky.edu
www.uky.edu/CommInfoStudies/GRAD/
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Human-Technology Interaction

The certificate in human-technology interaction brings together students in the social, behavioral, and health sciences with students in the design professions. It is intended specifically for:

1) those in the social, behavioral, and health sciences who would like to learn how their disciplinary knowledge can be used to enhance the safety, productivity, and satisfaction of people interacting with both "high-tech" and "low-tech" systems.

2) those in the design professions who would like to apply principles derived from the study of human abilities, limitations, and preferences to the design of new or modified technology. Students from engineering, instructional systems design, architecture, graphic design, computer science, and other design fields are welcome to apply.

3) those interested in exploring career options in ergonomics, human factors psychology, or usability engineering.

The certificate requires 15 hours of graduate work, including two foundation courses, two elective courses, and one practicum or research experience.

For more information contact:

C. Melody Carswell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
205 Kastle Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0044
cmcars00@uky.edu
(859) 258-5451

Informatics

The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Informatics is to educate a cadre of researchers and professionals with multidisciplinary backgrounds and with substantial understanding of the principles and applications of computational technology.

This curriculum will train graduate and professional-degree students in the uses of computational and information processing technology in their own fields. The students will be able to use this enrichment to become more productive professionals, to further research in their own areas, and to engage in multidisciplinary research relying on computer and information-processing techniques.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Raphael Finkel
Department of Computer Science
305 Mining Laboratory
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0046
(859) 257-3416
raphael@cs.engr.uky.edu
grendl.rch.uky.edu/informatics/

Latin Studies

The Latin Studies certificate curriculum, consisting of a sequence of four courses in Latin language and literature, aims at two groups of students in particular.

First, it is aimed at graduate students who need strong Latin skills for any academic discipline in which Latin is important, including not only classics, but also history, philosophy, theology, etc., and who are already engaged in, or hope to undertake advanced study in one or more of these fields. The certificate curriculum will offer to such students an interdisciplinary opportunity to gain a superior command of Latin in a highly concentrated format, but in a relatively brief period of time.

Second, it is aimed at the training of new Latin teachers for the high school level and even pre-high school instruction. The Latin Studies certificate curriculum will be highly useful for those interested in teaching Latin, because it will provide a much deeper immersion in Latin language and literature than what has so far been usual for students seeking careers as Latin teachers, and will ensure that all who complete it acquire not merely reading skills, but also considerable active command of the language.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Terence Tunberg
Classics Department
1015 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
(859) 257-3386
clatot@uky.edu
http://www.uky.edu/AS/Classics/institute_eng.shtml

Medical Behavioral Science

The Department of Behavioral Science offer s a Graduate Certificate in Medical Behavioral Science designed for students who are enrolled in a doctoral program in a basic academic field. This program typically will admit doctoral students from programs in Anthropology, Communications, Educational and Counseling Psychology, Geography, Gerontology, Health and Physical Education, Nursing, Nutritional Science, Psychology, and Sociology. These students often come to the University of Kentucky to work with our faculty and to obtain training in Medical Anthropology, Medical Sociology, Health Psychology, and Health Communications which are subspecialty fields within each of these disciplines.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Mitzi M. S. Johnson
Behavioral Science
1 29 College of Medicine Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-00 86
mtzjhns@pop.uky.edu
(859) 323-6075
Fax: (859) 323-5350

Middle and Secondary School Reading

The Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary School Reading is designed to provide both new and experienced teachers with a solid foundation in modern theories of literacy and in techniques that are most effective in improving the reading of middle- and secondary-school students across the entire curriculum. It provides a highly focused curriculum that may be of particular interest and usefulness to teachers and administrators who are already fully certified, and who do not seek a full certification or degree program.

The Certificate curriculum is composed of five courses: A twelve-credit core of four courses (EDC 618, 619, 620, and 641 or 642) and one three-credit literacy-related elective course approved by the Certificate Director. All participants must hold a current state teaching certificate. In order to ensure that the course work required for the Certificate can be delivered in a timely and programmed manner, the Certificate is offered only at the request of local school districts. The district must commit to enrolling a minimum number of teachers and/or administrators to move through the curriculum as a cadre of students. This approach provides a self-supporting and highly interactive group that benefits both the participants and the school system as a whole. Learning is enhanced for the participants, and direct application of both theory and practical techniques within the school district is facilitated.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Douglas C. Smith
Curriculum and Instruction
305b Dickey Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
(859) 257-1634
Fax: (859) 257-1602
dcsmit1@uky.edu

Music Theory Pedagogy

The Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy is intended primarily for D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts degree) students who wish to gain experience and expertise in theory pedagogy in order to strengthen their background for increased marketability in higher education.

Students desiring admission into this certificate curriculum will be interviewed by a committee consisting of members of the theory faculty and a music faculty member outside of theory. The interview will include an appraisal of the student's keyboard proficiency, sight-singing and aural skills, and understanding of theoretical concepts. The student's scores on graduate entrance exams in music theory will also be assessed. It is assumed that any student granted admission into the certificate curriculum would have been accepted as a student in the Graduate School.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kate Covington
School of Music
105 Fine Arts Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
(859) 257-8197
Fax: (859) 257-9576
kcov@uky.edu
www.uky.edu/FineArts/Music

Orff Schulwerk

Orff Schulwerk is the music approach created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. The Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music using poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as basic materials. The University of Kentucky offers Schulwerk Teacher Training courses, mostly in the summers, taught by Orff experts. Training is given at Levels 1, 2, 3 and advanced master's courses in different topics such as curriculum design, and composition. The Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk is a twelve-hour curriculum in four components:

1. Orff Teacher Training Level One
MUS 560/561 2-4 cr.

2. Orff Teacher Training Level Two
MUS 560/561 2-4 cr.

3. Orff Teacher Training Level Three
MUS 560/561 2-4 cr.
or Orff Master Courses
(Prerequisite: Orff Teacher Training Level 2)

4. Certificate Project
MUS 767 1-3 cr.
(Prerequisite: Orff Teacher Training Level 2)

Each student must take all four of the components, each at two credits minimum, for a total of 12 credit hours. Each component is offered at variable credits. All credits earned in this certificate may be applicable towards the Master of Music in Music Education degree (M.M.M.E.) or the Rank I in Music Education Program. Admission requirements are the same as those in effect for Post-baccalaureate status, and approval of the Certificate Director. The Certificate is awarded upon completion of the certificate curriculum within five years, and with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Cecilia Wang
School of Music
203 Wessels House
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
(859) 257-8203
cecilia@uky.edu
www.uky.edu/~cecilia/Orff/OrffGradCert.shtml

Reproductive Laboratory Science

The Graduate Certificate in Reproductive Laboratory Science (RLS) prepares graduates for entry-level technologist positions in assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratories and related fields in research, industry and marketing. The curriculum consists of 12-14 credit hours in RLS courses, including 2 credit hours of clinical practicum in clinical andrology and embryology laboratories. In addition to the five RLS core faculty, lecturers throughout the United States contribute to the curriculum by instructing in their areas of expertise. These professionals are ART and clinical laboratorians, laboratory managers, researchers, ethicists, attorneys and policy analysts. Directors and supervisors in andrology laboratories and ART laboratories, appointed as clinical faculty by the University, supervise RLS students in the clinical practica. Entrance into the program requires a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Technology) or a Bachelor's degree in science with acceptable laboratory experience.

For more information contact:

Dr. Doris J. Baker
Dept. of Clinical Sciences
209g CHS Building
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
(859) 323-1100 ext. 80854
dbake0@uky.edu
www.mc.uky.edu/CLS/RLS/RLS_Certificate.htm

School Social Work

The Graduate School Social Work Certificate is designed to prepare social workers for school social work as a specialized field of practice. It will also meet the State of Kentucky mandated requirements for school social work certification. The certificate is available to: (1) UK degree seeking graduate students in the Master of Social Work Program, and (2) post-baccalaureate (non-degree) students who already have an MSW degree from an accredited social work program. The minimum credits required are 17 for the MSW program students and 9 for post-baccalaureate students. Applications for admission are evaluated, and students' progress is monitored and approved by a committee made up professors from the Colleges of Social work and Education. For more information and application form, contact:

Flo Lankster
College of Social Work
619 Patterson Office Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
(859) 257-8233
FAX: (859) 323-1030
lankste@uky.edu

Sensing Technologies

The Sensing Technologies Certificate is a cross-disciplinary curriculum in Sensors and Sensing Architectures. As the field of sensing development is an inherently multidisciplinary endeavor, the Certificate will yield scientists and engineers with the ability to transcend traditional boundaries in their professional careers.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Leonidas Bachas
Department of Chemistry
207 Chemistry-Physics Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40602-0055
(859) 257-6350
Fax: (859) 323-1069
bachas@uky.edu
www.chem.uky.edu/igert/certificate.shtml

Social Theory

This Certificate offers students systematic multidisciplinary training in social theory. It augments, and is pursued concurrently with, the regular M.A and Ph.D. degree programs of participating departments. In total, the Certificate requires ten hours of course work, can be pursued in tandem with regular degree programs, and is open to all graduate students at the University of Kentucky.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Virginia Blum
Committee on Social Theory
1301 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
(859) 257-6991
vblum1@pop.uky.edu
www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/SocTheo/hpgcert.htm

Women's Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies is intended to complement students' disciplinary programs. Its aim is to provide students with a coherent, interdisciplinary grounding in current women's studies scholarship and to create an intellectual community among faculty and graduate students who share a scholarly interest in women's studies.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Joan Callahan
112 Breckinridge Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0056
(859) 257-1388
womenst@uky.edu
www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/WomenStudies/Certificate.htm

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