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Widener offers new higher education leadership certificate

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The Center for Education is offering a new online certificate.

The Widener University Center for Education is accepting applications for its new Higher Education Leadership and Practice certificate. The online certificate is another option for educators looking to earn graduate credits and work toward career advancement in a cost- and time-effective way.

The 15-credit graduate certificate gives students the flexibility of online courses, while allowing them to acquire new knowledge and develop skills in the area of higher education. Students in the program will learn how the field of higher education is organized and studied, best practices in institutional effectiveness, and how to integrate data and theories into decision-making practices.

The courses, scheduled to begin in the fall semester, can transfer into the higher education leadership master or doctoral programs, but are significantly discounted at $400 per credit. Therefore, students interested in a longer degree program can test the courses first without fully committing to a multi-year master's or doctorate program.

"This is a great opportunity for professionals to advance in their careers or pursue a new career in higher education leadership," said Dr. John Flynn, director of Graduate Education. "This certificate, as well as the others offered at Widener, are a way for students to earn part of a degree at a discounted rate, before they decide whether to continue with an advanced degree."

The Center for Education also offers certificate programs in K-12 teacher leadership and K-12 Pennsylvania Department of Education certifications including reading specialist and special education- assistive technology.

To learn more about the Center for Education's certificate programs, or to apply, visit Widener's website or contact Flynn at jcflynn@widener.edu or 610-499-4490.

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 comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/