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Counselor Education (MEd)

Why Widener?

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A Professional Learning Community

Courses are structured as professional learning communities (PLC), where students’ prior knowledge and work experience are integrated with engaged teaching. By using the PLC model for course delivery, graduate students develop leadership, consultative and collaborative skills, and the dispositions to be outstanding professional school counselors. 

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Experiential and Field-Based Learning

Building a professional identity and honing the requisite skills to be an exceptional counselor extends beyond mastery of curricular content. Experiential and field-based learning are primary components in all courses across the counseling program. Group observations, professional counselor interviews, and intervention plans are some examples of experiential and field-based learning that lead to the culminating counseling internship. 

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Individualized Attention and Advising

Choosing Widener’s counselor education program is an investment in YOU—your education, your career, and your future. Individualized academic plans, as well as the mentoring bonds between faculty and students, promote a culture that values individuality and diversity.

 

Potential Careers

  • K–12 Professional School Counselor
  • Community Mental Health Counselor
  • Child or Adolescent Therapist
  • Career Counselor
  • Group Counseling Facilitator
  • Mobile Therapist
  • Behavior Specialist Consultant
  • Psychoeducational Group Leader
  • College Admissions Counselor
  • Academic Advisor in Higher Education

Recent Employers

  • Bensalem School District
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Garnett Valley School District
  • Interboro School District
  • Ridley School District
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • Crozier Chester Health System

Accreditation

The master’s degree in counselor education (MEd) is recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE); furthermore, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling Related Programs (CACREP) content area standards are embedded in the curriculum. Graduates of the program are eligible for Pennsylvania K–12 School Counselor certification after earning a passing score on the PRAXIS (certification) examination.