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Master of Education, Human Sexuality Studies

Degree Tracks

  • Sex Therapy

    The sex therapy track is for individuals who desire to help others through sex therapy or related work (e.g., clinical research, intervention development). International consensus is that sex therapy is considered a subdiscipline of other clinical disciplines (e.g., social work, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, professional counseling).

  • Sexuality Education

    The sexuality education track is for individuals who desire to educate others about human sexuality in communities, schools, or universities as community educators, teachers, educational consultants, curriculum developers, professional writers, or journalists. The sexuality education track emphasizes the developmentally and culturally appropriate design, delivery, and assessment of educational interventions across the broad spectrum of human sexuality.

Why Widener?

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Flexibility

  • We offer a majority of our classes on weekends to cater to people who work during the week or commute from a distance.
  • Many of our students drive from within the Philadelphia metropolitan region or fly into the nearby Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to take classes on Widener's Main Campus in Chester, PA.
  • Some courses are offered in an online format, allowing students to participate from their home or office.
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Exceptional Training

  • Students experience a supervised field experience during practicum placement.
  • Our faculty use current educational philosophies and methodologies appropriate for adults with varied learning styles.
  • We emphasize affective learning and cutting-edge strategies in training sexologists.
  • Our program uses a bio-psycho-social model to promote a comprehensive understanding of the development and practice of human sexuality through the lifespan within specific social, cultural, and political contexts
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Certification through AASECT

While students may still have requirements in practice hours or supervision to complete after graduation, the curriculum at the CHSS is designed to provide the foundation for all categories of certification, including those as a sexuality educator or sex therapist, through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

 
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Elicia C. Gonzales

 2007

I got to explore my values, beliefs, and blind spots in a comfortable and supportive environment. It was life changing. Dr. Satterly, in particular, forced us to explore our feelings, rather than our thoughts, about various sexuality issues.

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Melissa Fabello

2013

I get up every day knowing that I love my organizations and coworkers and that I’m working for positive change. My participation in the human sexuality studies program prepared me extremely well for my position as a community educator, giving me the skills necessary to find research-based ways to enrich my students’ lives by helping them explore their own values and perspectives.

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Jeremy W. Irvin

2013

I chose Widener after attending one of the careers in human sexuality conferences. Walking into that space for the first time, I was greeted by both faculty and students who took me under their wing and answered all my questions. The acceptance and encouragement that I received that day from everyone at the conference helped me decide that Widener was the place I wanted to be for graduate school.

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