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FAQs, Counselor Education (MEd)

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the master of education (MEd) in counselor education program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left).

What is the difference between earning a master’s degree and certification only?

Some working professionals have already earned a prior master’s degree leading to a certification in a related field–leadership, reading specialist, special education–yet want to pursue school counselor certification as well. 

Why choose the Widener counselor education program?

After graduation, many alumni serve in K–12 schools, communities, and mental health facilities. Be recognized as a self-reflective, culturally competent school or community professional counselor. 

When do classes meet? And does being employed full-time hinder my success in the program?

Most students in the program are working full-time and enroll in three to six credits per semester. The professional core and foundations courses are scheduled at 4:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, convenient for working professionals in K–12 schools. A few courses are also offered at 7:05 p.m.  

Are classes offered in an online delivery or during the summer months?

A hybrid model is the optimal course delivery for counseling courses; however, future offerings beginning in fall 2016 will include an exclusive online option for students, as well as a hybrid model. 

How do students working full-time meet the requirements for the internship?

The program is distinctively tailored to meet the needs of graduate students currently employed in the field of counseling or education, as well as those seeking a new career path. Working professionals in community settings or those seeking a career change to counseling are accommodated with alternative school programs that meet during nontraditional K–12 hours.