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Early Childhood and Special Education (preK–4)

Why Widener?

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Field ExperienceRight From the Start

Field placements are the hallmark of Widener's education programs. Pre-service teacher candidates gain hands-on experience in local schools beginning in their first education class. In fact, students often do their fieldwork in the Widener University Child Development Center, our very own state-of-the-art laboratory preschool, adjacent to the campus. 


Immersive Community Engaged Teacher Education Program

Widener is committed to developing students into capable teachers who are able to close the opportunity gap for students in diverse urban settings. The Community Engaged Teacher Education program pairs each teacher candidate with a Stetser Elementary School teacher and their classroom of children, in addition to a community mentor in the city of Chester, with the intent on developing cultural proficiency and culturally relevant pedagogy.

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Fast Track to a Master's Degree with Advanced Standing

Widener offers a special five-year combined BA/MEd program in elementary and special education, which cuts cost for those undergraduate students interested in pursuing a master’s degree. You can take graduate level courses starting in your junior year and complete your BA with 15 graduate credits. You then move into your master's degree in instructional technology in your fifth year with only 15 credits to complete. In addition, you will have the depth of knowledge gained from multiple certifications and a master’s degree that are required to meet the needs of diverse student groups of today and the future. 


Potential Careers

  • PreK-4th teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Preschool owner or director
  • Corporate education director
  • Teacher leader
  • State Department of Education specialist

Recent Employers

  • Ridley School District
  • Philadelphia School District
  • Malvern School Head Teacher
  • Park Lakes Elementary School, Broward County, MD
  • Stubbs Elementary, DE
  • Walden School
  • Milagre School for Autism



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.