• Dr. Marcia Bolton

    • Assistant Dean of Education, Accreditation, and Licensure
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    • tel: 610-499-4630
    • mvbolton@mail.widener.edu


Advanced Certification Programs, Education

Alumni Testimonial

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Valerie Eckman, MEd ’07 EdD‘12

The convenient location, flexibility, and expertise of the faculty led me to choose Widener. My commitment to promoting students’ social-emotional and academic growth was reaffirmed.

Widener University offers a number of advanced teaching and supervisory certifications for those wishing to advance in their career beyond initial certifications.

Advanced certifications often result in higher compensation, but also increase the depth of knowledge and skills candidates take into the classroom. Oftentimes, advanced certifications lead to promotions, change of job venue, or teaching abroad positions.

Finding the right fit for your advanced certification can fulfill a postponed goal to teach, and Widener program advisors can help.

Certification Options

The Center for Education offers the following programs for advanced certification. 


Specialist Certification

  • Home and School Visitor (School Social Worker)
  • Instructional Technology
  • Reading
  • School Counselor (Elementary or Secondary)

Supervisor Certification **

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Pupil Personnel Services
  • Reading
  • Special Education
  • Superintendent

Other Certifications

  • Principal Certification (K-12 Principal)
  • Superintendent Certification (Letter of Eligibility)

** Must have appropriate previous certification and experience.

K–12 Literacy Coach

In addition to the advanced certifications, the Center for Education at Widener also offers certified reading specialists a letter of endorsement as a K–12 literacy coach. [Note that this is not a certified certificate by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).] 

Literacy coaching, a peer coaching framework in K–12 classrooms, is an area in which both schools and individual teachers request training. The International Reading Association’s (IRA) monograph, “The Role and Qualifications of the Reading Coach” (2004) addresses the need for quality training for this important professional development role. Widener’s graduate training for literacy coaching addresses both IRA’s standards and the PDE’s Instructional Coach Endorsement Competencies.

A sequence of four graduate courses is required for the letter of endorsement: two supervision/leadership courses in education and two literacy coaching courses. It is possible for candidates to meet this requirement within one year. Supervision/leadership courses from prior graduate work in education may apply toward the coaching endorsement.

For more information about the letter of endorsement as a K–12 literacy coach, please contact Dr. Dana Reisboard.

Apply now to a certification program or the literacy coaching letter of endorsement.