Academics

Western Michigan University's specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse offers an undergraduate minor in addiction studies as well as a graduate certificate in alcohol and drug abuse.

Undergraduate minor

Please note that, effective fall 2018, the credit hour requirement for the SPADA undergraduate minor in addiction studies has increased from 18 to 21 credit hours. This change was in response to the state requirements for the alcohol and drug credentials with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).  Western Michigan University has made diligent efforts to align the SPADA curriculum with MCBAP requirements for certification in order to assist our students in obtaining the CADC more efficiently.  You can find information on state certification below.

The 21-credit undergraduate minor in addiction studies can be completed in its entirety online, or in combination with on-campus coursework. The minor prepares students to effectively function with abuse issues in professional and personal arenas.

Course credit hours can be applied to the educational requirement for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification. This is the entry-level credential for certified addictions counselors in Michigan. Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for all requirements.

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Graduate certificate

Please note that, effective fall 2018, the credit hour requirement for the SPADA graduate certificate has increased from 21 to 24 credit hours (including credit hours for the Field Practicum, ADA 6700 or ADA 5700). This change was in response to the state requirements for the alcohol and drug credentials with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).  Western Michigan University has made diligent efforts to align the SPADA curriculum with MCBAP requirements for certification in order to assist our students in obtaining the CADC and CAADC more efficiently. You can find information on state certification below.

The graduate certificate in alcohol and drug abuse is a 24-credit hour specialization for working professionals and graduate students in counselor education and counseling psychology, occupational therapy, psychology, public administration, biological sciences, social work, sociology or other related disciplines. Those who have previously completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at another institution may also be eligible for enrollment.

Course credit hours and field practicum experience can be applied to the educational and field experience requirements for the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Credential and the Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) Credential. Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for all requirements.

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