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Field Experience, Education

Field experiences are an important part of the teaching curriculum at Widener’s Center for Education. The real-world training enables students to gain hands-on experience and assists in confirming whether or not they want to pursue a career in education. 

Required field experiences involve observing and participating in school-related activities at all levels from elementary school up to high school. Students will also have the opportunity to take advantage of Widener’s partnerships with area schools and implement service learning projects.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is one of the last steps to becoming a fully certified educator. Students also get to work alongside a cooperating teacher; this mentor/mentee relationship is one that can last well beyond your student–teacher experience. 

Service Learning

On one hand, service learning is a motivating concept that we use to connect our communities to our classrooms. But service learning is also one of the most important ways students develop a social conscience that connects their hearts with their minds.

Center for Education School Partnerships

Widener is in a unique situation to have partnerships with many area schools. The university even operates its own charter school, which many students use to gain real-world experience. 

Widener Child Development Center

The Widener Child Development Center (CDC) has a unique preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten programs. The CDC focuses on the development of cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and individual creativity of the young child.