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Curriculum, Teacher Education

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Be Certified to Teach

Widener’s Center for Education offers a number of certification programs to assist you in achieving your career goals.

Widener’s teacher education programs include a variety of classes that work to meet the needs of the students and their professional goals. Courses range from in-depth knowledge on the legal and ethical issues related to the education field to policy creation and classroom assessment. 

Sample Courses

View a selection of courses students typically take in the teacher education graduate programs.

ED 510 Introduction to Teaching

In this course, students explore the role of the classroom teacher as a facilitator of learning and as a member of the educational community. This course provides an overview of the field of education from a practical perspective. The course introduces the professional responsibilities common to teachers of all grade levels, such as writing lesson plans, planning units of instruction, managing classroom behavior, integrating technology into the classroom, and working with students from diverse ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds. This course is required for all graduate students who are planning to enter the field of education and do not have an undergraduate background in education. The course should be taken during the students’ first semester. This course contains a fieldwork component in a classroom setting.

ED 513 Classroom Management and School Discipline

A study of the issues involved with the control of behavior in a classroom setting. Topics include the identification of inappropriate behavior, psychological referral processes, psychological models for behavioral management in a classroom setting, educational solutions for inappropriate behavior, and the impact of inclusion upon classroom control. In addition, students have the opportunity of exploring the ethical, legal, and moral issues involved in various approaches to the management of behavior in a classroom setting. 

ED 518 Adolescent Psychology

This course explores the issues of socialization and social development, deviate and delinquent behavior, cognition and intellectual development, and the evolving self-understanding of adolescents. Topics include moral development, physiological changes and physical growth, and psychosexual development. Students review major theoretical approaches to understanding the development of the adolescent.


For more information about courses and requirements for the MEd degree in teacher education, please refer to pages 12, 15, and 16 of our course catalog.