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The graduate certificate in Military Families provides specific, disciplinary knowledge and experience of issues facing modern military families, and provides tangible skills for those either working in, or intending to work in careers that support military members and their families. In this Graduate Certificate, our aim is to educate current and future professionals regarding military cultural and leadership factors, and to understand normative family processes, stress and coping strategies. Students will learn to appreciate the unique experiences and stresses of military members and their families, and the resultant implications for helping professionals serving this population.
Because the graduate certificate in Military Families has specific entrance and degree requirements you should meet with an academic advisor to ensure that you have met the following requirements:
- A completed bachelor's degree (in the last 60 credit hours) or master's program from an accredited institution with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- A completed application form, along with copies of all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and payment of Graduation College application fees.
- Two letters of recommendation dated within six months of the date of application and written by professionals who are in a position to address the applicant's ability to succeed at the graduate level.
- A statement about how you see this certificate supporting your professional development and long-term goals.
Please contact Elizabeth Urias if you have any questions or if you are interested in learning more about this program, or, if you are interested in sitting down with an academic advisor to assist you in applying to this program, please contact Program Director Dr. Sheena Brown
To apply to the program, submit the UA Graduate College Admission Application.
The Military Families Certificate program consists of 12 graduate credits, including courses in the following areas:
FCSC 511B/HUSV 511: Understanding the Modern United States Military Family
- This course provides insights into the complex experiences of today's U.S. Military families.
AED 520: Leadership, Mentoring and Advocacy: Principles and Practice
- This course will provide advanced knowledge of the behavior, social influence, ethical challenges and decision making processes related to strategic leadership. The interrelationships of leadership, mentoring and advocacy will be explored, and their roles discussed in relation to addressing challenges, effective problem solving, critical thinking, and in developing strategic foresight and systems thinking. In this course we will look at our own attributes and strengths, and how these transfer to effective leadership. Self-knowledge and self-awareness will be the basis of understanding some of the more common theories of leadership and leadership development, and the skills, values, abilities, and ethical considerations that the leader of the future will need to possess.
HUSV 560: Trauma Informed Care
- Trauma Informed Care involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment, while actively resisting retraumatization. This course focuses on the workings of the autonomic nervous system (psychoeducation) and on learning how to self-regulate this system via capacity building skills and enhancing resilience within a community context.
HUSV 593A: Internship in Application of Leadership Practices
- Specialized field experience on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in service with a non-profit, business, or governmental establishment. The field experience must focus on leadership, or advocacy, or mentoring