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  • Center for Education

    • Hyatt Hall
    • tel: 610-499-4294
    • fax: 610-499-4623

Graduate Certification Programs, Education

request info Certificates of Completion

The following four programs are $400 per credit. These post-baccalaureate certificate of completion programs allow students to gain graduate credit that visitcan help them advance in their organization without fully committing to a multi-year masters or doctorate program.


Should a student wish to continue beyond these certificates of completion, all courses in the certificate programs matriculate into the corresponding masters and doctoral programs.


  • 1. Teacher Leadership Certificate (15 credits)

This online teacher leadership certificate is offered for educational professionals who currently possess a bachelor’s and/or master's degrees in education or another related field. The 15-credit certificate program is designed for working professionals who want to develop their leadership capacity, but still intend to teach or stay in the classroom. Students develop insights into how they can work within educational organizations, foster collaborations, and positively influence the school community.

The courses in this program matriculate into the K-12 educational leadership master or doctoral programs.

  • 2. Special Education - Assistive Technology Certificate (12-15 credits)

This non-licensure certificate program is designed for individuals interested in working with children and adults who have special needs and would benefit from the use of assistive technologies.

The courses in this program matriculate into the special education masters program.

  • 3. Higher Education Leadership and Practice Certificate (15 credits)

This hybrid/online graduate certificate in higher education leadership and practice enables individuals to acquire new knowledge and develop skills grounded in theory, scholarship, educational research and best practices. Students learn how the field of higher education is organized and studied, best practices in institutional effectiveness, and how to integrate data and theories into decision-making practices.

The courses in this program matriculate into the higher education leadership master or doctoral programs.

  • 4. Reading Specialist Certificate (24 credits)

The reading specialist certificate is designed to further prepare practicing teachers to enhance literacy education. Courses focus on such topics as comprehension development, word analysis, vocabulary development, assessment, and corrective instruction of reading difficulties.

The courses in this program matriculate into the reading education masters program. Upon completion of this certificate program, graduates are eligible for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Certifications

Upon completion of the following certificate programs, graduates are eligible for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification. These programs are $475 per credit. Most courses matriculate into the corresponding masters and/or doctoral programs.

  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Counselor Education
  • Home and School Visitor
  • Instructional Technology Specialist


  • Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
  • –Supervisor of Early Childhood Education
  • –Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services
  • –Supervisor of Special Education
  • –Special Education
  • –Teacher Intern
  • –Supervisor of Reading

K–12 Literacy Coach

In addition to the graduate 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.


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