Education, Hospitality, and Continuing Studies


shawn fitzgerald, phd

Shawn M. Fitzgerald, PhD

Dr. Fitzgerald is the Dean of the School of Education, Hospitality, and Continuing Studies. He is an active interdisciplinary researcher having published over 40 articles.

We strive to be the metropolitan area’s first choice for undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, hospitality management, lifelong learning, adult education, innovative leadership, and community partnerships. The School of Education, Hospitality, and Continuing Studies is committed to lifelong learning and is prepared to offer education programs to anyone at any age and any time. 

The mission of the School of Education, Hospitality, and Continuing Studies is to promote excellence in academics, lifelong learning, effective leadership, sustained partnerships, civic engagement, and global citizenship through a student-centered and inclusive environment.

side view of hyatt hall at widener universityEducation

The Center for Education at Widener University has a variety of programs from initial teacher certification through doctoral programs. Our faculty combines scholarly activity and real-life experience with a commitment to innovative teaching.


two widener students at register in restaurantHospitality Management

The Center for Hospitality Management offers a quality bachelor and master of science degree. Our mission is to develop civically engaged leaders for the global hospitality industry through an emphasis on experiential learning.


professor susan mikus teaching a classContinuing Studies

Our Center for Continuing Studies is designed for working adults looking to earn their undergraduate degree, switch careers, or advance in their current one. Our adult education program is known for its quality, flexibility, and a staff of dedicated professionals who will give you personalized attention to make it easier for you to start a course of studyand stay with it.

paper and pen on a desk Professional Writing

Programs in professional writing offer a variety of courses with applications as diverse as business, healthcare, and nonprofits. Uniting these courses is experiential activity, through which students hone writing skills while building a professional portfolio. Courses can be taken individually or toward earning a minor in professional writing and a certificate in health care writing.

OLLI professor kershey teaching a classOsher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) provides mature adults with opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation, and social interaction. OLLI’s non-degree courses are centered on topics including current events, travel, history, literature, music, genealogy, languages, world religions, science, art, wine appreciation, and more.