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  • Center for Education

    • Graduate Division
    • Hyatt Hall
    • tel: 610-499-4294
    • fax: 610-499-4623
  • Katia Ciampa, PhD

Cognitive Studies in Reading (EdD)

Why Widener?

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Customized Approach

At Widener, students have the advantage of a customized approach to earning their degree. They can shape and tailor their graduate study to support their area of focus and desired career goals.

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Personal Attention

Graduate students in the cognitive studies doctoral program learn in a mentoring environment and from respected faculty who provide a high level of personal attention and help students become strong and effective leaders.

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Degree at Your Pace

The flexible, part-time program is prime for working professionals. The curriculum includes a mix of online and on-campus coursework that can be completed at a pace that fits your lifestyle.

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Eleanor W. Gensemer


Pursuing a graduate degree requires hard work, creativity, and a willingness to think in different ways about instruction and students.

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Potential Careers

  • Reading Specialist/Supervisor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Reading Tutor/Educational Consultant
  • College/University Professor

Recent Employers

  • West Chester University
  • Lower Marion School District
  • Kutztown University
  • Tredyffrin/Easttown School District
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Boyertown Area School District
  • Shippensburg University


ncateThe Center for Education at Widener is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Widener’s Main Campus and online programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.