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  • Center for Education

    • Hyatt Hall
    • tel: 610-499-4294
    • fax: 610-499-4623

Secondary Education (7–12)

Why Widener?

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Strong Content Area Foundation

Teachers at the secondary level need a strong foundation in their content area, in addition to the know-how to teach it to adolescents. That is why at Widener, students receive a degree by selecting a major through the College of Arts & Sciences, but also stay closely connected to the Center for Education where they hone their teaching skills and are guided through the requirements of certification. 

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Small Class Sizes 

Class sizes are small, meaning undergraduates get the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with faculty in both their program of study and the Center for Education. Widener’s faculty are committed to engaging students in the learning process through active, hands-on learning. Smaller class sizes also allow students to optimize their learning experience to meet their personal and professional goals.

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Well-prepared Graduates 

Students’ field experiences gradually evolve over the course of their college experience, starting with one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction and culminating with whole-class instruction through a semester-long student teaching placement. Graduates tell us they are comfortable and confident in the classroom after graduation. Furthermore, the PA teaching license is portable and readily accepted in other states surrounding Widener.  


Recent Employers

  • Ridley School District
  • Interboro School District
  • Silver Springs Maryland School District
  • Bonner Prendie High School
  • Widener Partnership Charter School
  • Milagre School for Autism
  • Easter Seals School
  • Walden School



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.