Certificate Programs

What is a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program?

A Boston University CADER certificate program is shorter and less structured than a formal degree program. Each program teaches knowledge and skills in a specialized area and awards a certificate after participants complete a series of required courses. Boston University CADER online Certificate Programs are self-paced and taken entirely online, designed for busy professionals who want to advance their careers on a flexible and convenient schedule.

How will I benefit from a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program?

A great way to enhance your qualifications and resume, a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program allows you to demonstrate expertise in the growing field of aging and disabilities. These certificate programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in this field. Each required course is interactive and contains images, instructional activities, case studies, video clips, and a discussion board to maximize learning and skills building. In a 2005 survey of social service agencies and healthcare organizations in Boston, nearly 90 percent of program directors agreed that they would choose a candidate with a certificate in aging over someone with comparable qualifications without a certificate.

Is this an academic Certificate Program?

No. Boston University CADER online Certificate Programs are non-credit, continuing education Certificate Programs. As a result, participants can enroll at any time and do not need to go through a lengthy application and acceptance process.

Who should enroll in a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program?

Boston University CADER online Certificate Programs are designed for social service practitioners that would like to expand their knowledge, skills, and expertise in aging.

How do I enroll in a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program?

Enrolling in an Boston University CADER online Certificate Program is easy and can be done anytime from our website. The first step is to register with Boston University CADER by following the instructions on the Registration page. Once you have registered, you have the option of choosing among four Certificate Programs: Foundation in Aging, Mental Health in Aging, Residential Housing and Community Living, and Care Management. After selecting a Certificate Program, you will be prompted to pay for the Certificate Program, and your access to the program will begin within a few minutes of settling payment.

When can I enroll in a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program?

You can enroll in a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program at any time.

How long do I have to complete a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program?

You have up to one year from enrollment date to complete your coursework.

How many courses do I have to take for a Certificate Program?

Each Certificate Program has a set number of required online courses. For more information about the courses, please visit each Certificate Program page.

After I enroll in an online Certificate Program, how do I start my first course?

After enrolling and paying for a Certificate Program, you will receive an automated e-mail from cader@bu.edu. This e-mail will confirm your enrollment and will contain instructions for accessing your online coursework. Online course access instructions are also listed below:

  • Step 1: After a ten minute enrollment waiting period, you can access your online course or program from the Boston University CADER Homepage.
  • Step 2: Click on the Login to Access Your Course Button and enter your BU login name and password.
  • Step 3: Click on an online course or program title to begin coursework.

Do I have to take the courses in a specific order?

We recommend anyone enrolled in the Foundation in Aging Certificate Program take the Core Issues in Aging and Disability course first. However, you may complete your online courses in any order.

How long does it take to complete a Boston University CADER online Certificate Program?

Most online courses take an average of four hours to complete. Each online course is entirely self-paced, so you can pick a pace which suits your learning style and schedule. Some participants may prefer to finish an online course in one sitting, while others may prefer to complete an online course over a period of sessions. The total amount of time that it takes to complete the Certificate Program will vary from person to person, however, you have up to one year from your enrollment date to complete all of your coursework.

Can I take one online course before enrolling in a Certificate Program?

Yes. You can take online courses that are part of the Certificate Program and apply them toward your Certificate Program. Please contact CADER staff by phone at (617) 358-2634 or by e-mail at cader@bu.edu if you plan on enrolling in a Certificate Program using this method.

Once I finish my coursework, when do I receive my certificate from CADER?

You will receive your certificate in the mail within six to eight weeks of completing the required online courses.

Will I get CEUs?

Licensed social workers are eligible for CEUs. However, you must check with your state licensing board. Some states limit the amount of hours for online training. Rather than awarding them all at once, CEUs are awarded after finishing each course. Please check individual course pages for the number of CEUs available.