Master of Education, Human Sexuality Studies
The master of education at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) is the practitioner-level training for sexuality professionals. With two tracks, human sexuality – sex therapy and human sexuality – sexuality education, the center trains professionals in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work with individuals and groups around the myriad sensitive issues in human sexuality.
Full and part-time options are available with reasonable tuition costs.
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).
To enroll in the sex therapy track, a student must either already hold a licensable mental health degree or must enroll in one of our interdisciplinary programs.
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.
If you wish to pursue a career in the public school setting but are not a certified teacher, consider our interdisciplinary program with Widener’s school counseling program, which will result in a PA certificate in school counseling.
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.
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.