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Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Graduate Certificate (Cert)

The graduate certificate in the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SPADA) is a 21-credit hour specialization in which the curriculum consists of 18 credit hours of required coursework and 3 credit hours of field practicum. Students completing the SPADA Graduate Certificate obtain the 270 contact hours of education required to be a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). For students holding a master's degree, the SPADA Graduate Certificate fulfills the 180 contact hours of education required to become a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).The graduate certificate is often most applicable for working professionals and graduate students in the following majors/professional fields:

  • Counselor education and counseling psychology
  • Evaluation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Biological sciences
  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • and other related disciplines

Program Benefits

Completion of the program enhances employability for a number of careers in both public and private sectors. Some examples are:

  • private practice
  • inpatient, residential, & outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs
  • public schools, colleges, and universities
  • public health organizations
  • law enforcement agencies
  • local, state, and federal substance abuse policy-making organizations
  • employee assistance programs
  • churches