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Widener to Offer Free Education Course to Help Graduating and Rising High School Seniors Test the Waters of the Field

Widener University will offer a free introductory course in education to help all interested rising and graduating high school seniors test the waters of the teaching profession. The ED 101 course begins July 5 and runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through Aug. 11.

The class gives participants the opportunity to experience a college class with full-time Widener faculty, as well as to meet other education students.

As an introductory course, learning experiences will focus on the art and science of teaching and the practical applications and responsibilities of the teaching profession today. The course includes a field experience where students will have an opportunity to observe teachers in classrooms.

Tuition is free for all students. All students are responsible for the textbook along with portfolio software, if applicable. 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 Certification & Student Teaching Marcia M. Bolton at 610-499-4630 or mvbolton@widener.edu.

Widener University is a private, 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’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.