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Programs, Human Sexuality Studies

The Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) offers a practice-oriented master of education (MEd) and research-oriented doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in human sexuality studies through two tracks: Sexuality Education and Sex Therapy.

Interdisciplinary program offerings with Widener’s social work, clinical psychology, and counselor education (school counseling) programs provide professional training combined with a specialization in sexuality. 

Learn more about our graduate degree offerings and how you can tailor your education through CHSS to suit your professional needs and personal interests.

Master of Education (MEd)

With our master of education degree, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a leader in the field of human sexuality as either a sexuality educator or sex therapist.

Our curriculum is based upon best practices in the training of sexologists and provides the foundation for certification through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)

The training you receive will enhance your mental health or education practice with a specialization in human sexuality. The MEd is an ideal degree for aspiring or current practitioners.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The doctor of philosophy degree allows you to build upon master-level coursework and acquire skills and knowledge needed to further inform the study and practice of human sexuality through research in the field. The doctoral coursework places emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research design and methodology, as well as the appropriate design, delivery, and assessment of educational interventions across the broad spectrum of human sexuality for those interested in teaching at the collegiate level.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Our campus and hybrid interdisciplinary programs are ideal if you do not hold a licensable, clinical degree but wish to earn one concurrently with our MEd or PhD degree in human sexuality. We offer programs in conjunction with Widener’s Center for Social Work Education and Institute for Clinical Psychology. We also offer a program with the Center for Education, which allows you to earn a PA certificate in school counseling.

Sex Therapy Certificate

Designed for clinicians who have obtained or are eligible for their licensure, the Sex Therapy Certificate program equips students to partner with highly-trained faculty as they complete a time-tested curriculum. Students graduate ready to work as skilled sex therapists and counselors.

Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health

The Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health is for licensed mental health professionals who are working with or plan to work with transgender, gender non-conforming, and/or gender expansive children, youth, or adults as they are finding their voices and seeking support to live authentically. Many will seek out a therapist or counselor to provide support in addressing a spectrum of life challenges and promote their health and well-being. Few, if any, Master's and/or PhD counseling programs offer information and training specific to supporting the needs of transgender individuals. The program aims to fill this training need in our community. 

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