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Certification Programs in Education

At Widener, we prepare students to become certified teachers!

From the high school student who wants to teach preschool, to the business professional who decides teaching high school mathematics would be more rewarding, to the principal who aspires to advance as a superintendent, Widener has a certification program for you.

Why Widener?

Widener’s certification programs are individualized to meet your needs.

The Center for Education programs feature carefully designed sequences of coursework focusing on learners, school contexts, and effective pedagogical practices that incorporate multimedia technologies.

Academic advisors assist students in articulating their career goals and selecting a program that allows them to reach their goals as quickly as possible. For example, some post-bachelor and advanced certifications can be obtained in as little as one year.

Program Options

Widener offers the following certification programs in education.

Undergraduate Certification Programs

Completion of any of the undergraduate degree programs prepares students for initial certification in Pennsylvania as a teacher (Instructional I). Widener students are fully prepared to take the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) test and their specific content areas tests (PECT or PAXIS II), which enable them to receive their teaching license.   

Post Bachelor Certification Programs

For those with a bachelor’s degree who wish to teach, initial certification (Instructional 1) can be earned through the graduate division through either a post bachelor’s certification program, alternate route certification, or one of our master’s programs. These options are also available for teachers with three years of successful teaching who are interested in K–12 leadership or an Instructional II license. 

Graduate Certification Programs

The Center for Education offers certificates of completion and Pennsylvania Department of Education Certifications, both at a discounted rate. In addition, we offer a K-12 Instructional Coach letter of endorsement.