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Widener to Offer Free Course for Future Educators

Widener University will offer a free introductory course in education to help all interested students test the waters of the teaching profession. The ED 101 course begins June 24 and runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through July 24. The class gives participants the opportunity to experience a college class with full-time Widener faculty, as well as to meet other education students.

Tuition is free for all students. Non-Widener students must pay a $25 registration fee. All students are responsible for the textbook along with portfolio software. Students who complete the course will receive three undergraduate credits that can be used at Widener or transferred to other universities depending on the institution.

As part of the class requirements, students must complete 15 hours of field experience and five hours of off-campus activities. Therefore, all students must apply for PA Criminal Record Clearances, PA Child Abuse Clearances and FBI Fingerprinting prior to class.

Students who want to participate in the course or have additional questions should contact Director of Student Teaching and Interns Marcia M. Bolton at 610-499-4630 or

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website,