Students who complete the certificate will be positioned to work with LGBTQ populations and LGBTQ-related issues across a wide array of job titles and roles relating to counseling, health care, education, and law.

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certificate requirements

Certificate Requirements

Students customize their course of study, with guidance from specialization faculty, by choosing from a wide range of electives while completing the following requirements.

Course requirements

Students must complete three courses related to gender, sexuality, and/or LGBTQ communities. NPL students must petition their advisor to have one SWRK or MSSP course that meets the certificate requirements count as one of their four NPLD elective credit units.

Course in human sexuality

Existing courses that would meet this requirement include:

  • SWRK 7560: Human Sexuality
  • EDUC 5587: Human Sexuality

Course in advanced clinical (physical and mental health) or applied practice (legal, policy) with LGBTQ communities

Existing courses that would meet this requirement include:

  • SWRK 7980: Supporting LGBTQ Individuals over the Lifespan
  • MSSP/SWRK 7410: Gender & Social Policy

Elective related to gender, sexuality and/or LGBTQ communities

Existing courses that would meet this requirement include:

  • SWRK 7980: LGBTQ Communities and Social Policy
  • EDUC 6178: Gender and Sexuality in Education
  • EDUC 5190: Gender and Education

Students can meet this requirement by taking a second clinical or applied practice course as described above.

Pro-seminar requirement

Field requirement

Completing the Certificate

Completing the Certificate

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Amy Hillier

Faculty Director, LGBTQ Certificate

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