Master's Degree, Certification, & Certificate

Counselor Education

A master's degree, certification, or certificate in counselor education can put you on the path to a rewarding career as a PK-12 school counselor or a student services professional in higher education.

Program Overview

Thank you for visiting Widener University’s Counselor Education program, a professional learning community, and the ideal place to pursue your graduate education.

Our program attracts current education professionals who are seeking a master's degree and/or certification in PK-12 school counseling or student services in higher education. We are also an option for those seeking a career change to the counseling profession in PK-12 schools, community mental health, or higher education.

Upon graduation and earning a passing score on the PRAXIS exam, candidates are eligible for Pennsylvania PK–12 professional school counselor certification. With supplemental coursework, eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor is also an option.

Program Options

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Course Scheduling

Most students in the program are working full-time and enroll in 3 to 6 credits per semester. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening, meeting once per week. Flexible course delivery options are offered: hybrid and synchronous online venues. 

Internships & Field Experiences

The internship is a capstone in both the PK-12 professional school counselor and student services in higher education tracks. Accommodations are managed on an individual student basis with the program director to fulfill the internship requirement for graduate students.

Whether earning a master's degree or pursuing the certification only, students are eligible for PK-12 school counselor certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Following satisfactory completion of the certification courses, students may matriculate in and complete the master’s degree in counselor education in one additional semester. The combined certification and master's degree is offered at a reduced tuition cost. 

Counselor Coach Certificate


Following satisfactory completion of the counselor coach certificate, students may matriculate in and complete the master’s degree in counselor education in two-three additional semesters.
By stacking the certificate and master's degree programs, students may complete the master’s degree in counselor education in only 18—24 months while working full-time. Furthermore, the combined counselor coach certificate and master’s degree is offered at a reduced tuition cost. 

Student Services in Higher Education Certificate


By stacking the certificate and master’s degree programs, students may complete their master’s degree in only 18—24  months while working full-time. Furthermore, the combined counselor coach certificate and master’s degree is offered at a reduced tuition cost

Admissions Information

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit your resume.
  • Personal Statement
  • Have an official transcript sent from all previous graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors

You will be invited by the program director to meet and learn about the program. 

Admissions to the certificate, certification, and master's degree programs are welcome on a year-round basis. 

Program Highlights

Our integrated curriculum fosters critical thinkers, effective communicators, and ethical leaders prepared for careers in PK-12 schools, communities, and higher education institutions. With an emphasis on student-faculty engagement and a commitment to professional development, graduate students discover their passion and purpose to serve others.

A Professional Learning Community

The program emphasizes a professional learning community (PLC) concept, where individual knowledge and work experience are integrated in course work. You will be on the fast track to building leadership, consultative, and collaborative skills, while developing dispositions to become an outstanding professional in the field.

Experiential & Field-Based Learning

Experiential and field-based learning are embedded in the program; you will develop a professional identity and hone the requisite skills to be an effective PK-12 professional school counselor or student service professional in higher education. 

Relationships & Individualized Attention

Choosing Widener’s counselor education program is an investment in you—your education, your career, and your future. Relationships are created and valued between faculty and graduate students. A collaborative and shared responsibility for learning and student success results in an individualized academic plan that best suits your needs and career goals.  


Our expert faculty engage students with diverse counseling models and individualized attention.

Susan Schaming profile
Director of Graduate Counselor Education and Home School Visitor Programs

The essential question is: "What will you do today to make a difference in students’ lives?"

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

With a counselor education degree, you will take the inside track to numerous rewarding career paths and be equipped to assist others academically, socially, and emotionally.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Bensalem School District
  • Chester & Delaware County Intermediate Units
  • Crozier Chester Health System
  • Garnet Valley School District
  • Interboro School District
  • Ridley School District
  • School District of Philadelphia

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • K–12 Professional School Counselor
  • Child or Adolescent Therapist
  • Career Counselor
  • Group Counseling Facilitator
  • Mobile Therapist or Behavior Specialist Consultant

Additional Careers in Counselor Education

  • Psychoeducational Group Leader
  • College Admissions Counselor or Student Life Specialist in Higher Education
  • Academic Advisor in Higher Education

Industry Growth

Employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 8% by 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing school enrollments is expected to lead to employment growth of these workers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 

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