Graduate Studies

Counselor Education Master's Degree & Certification Programs

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, student affairs professional in higher education, or clinician in a counseling setting.

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, student affairs in higher education, or clinical/community settings. In addition, we are also an option for those seeking a career change to the counseling profession. 

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

Students complete a range of 400 to 700 hours of field experience in all tracks to fulfill the practica and internship requirements. Accommodations are managed on an individual basis with the program director to fulfill the field experience requirements.

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. See the Loading....

The certification courses may also serve as a pathway to the master's degree. Students may complete the master's degree in one additional semester. 

Counselor Coach Certificate


Following satisfactory completion of the counselor coach certificate, students may matriculate in and complete the school counselor certification and/or master’s degree in counselor education in two to four additional semesters.
By stacking the certificate and master's degree programs, students may complete the master’s degree in counselor education in two years while working full-time. Furthermore, the combined counselor coach certificate and school counselor certification are offered at a reduced tuition cost. 

Student Affairs in Higher Education Certificate


The student affairs certificate is a pathway to explore higher education careers at a reduced cost. 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. 

Each state/jurisdiction has requirements that candidates must meet in order to obtain licensure and/or certification to teach. It is the student’s responsibility to seek appropriate guidance before beginning any academic program. If you intend to seek certification outside of Pennsylvania, the University recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to obtain specific licensure/certification requirements per state and the most up-to-date information.
To view Widener’s licensure eligibility by state/jurisdiction, please visit the Center for Education: Program Licensure page. 

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 mental health settings, PK-12 schools, and higher education institutions. The clinical track is a pathway to licensure as a professional counselor. With an emphasis on student-faculty engagement and a commitment to professional development, graduate students discover their passion.

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 make meaningful contributions 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 for service in PK-12, student affairs, or clinical mental health settings. 

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 others' 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.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Bensalem School District
  • Chester & Delaware County Intermediate Units
  • Garnet Valley School District
  • Interboro School District
  • Community Mental Health Partners
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • School District of Lancaster
  • Holy Family University
  • Delaware County Community College

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • K–12 Professional School Counselor
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • College Admissions Counselor
  • Academic Advisor in Higher Education

Additional Careers in Counselor Education

  • Mobile Therapist or Behavior Specialist Consultant
  • Student Affairs Professional in Higher Education
  • Career Counselor

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 

Take the Next Steps

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Visit Us

A visit is the best way to get to know us. You are invited to attend or shadow a class in the program at your convenience. This is an opportunity to engage with current students and determine if our professional learning community is an optimal fit for you.

View Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how Widener can help make obtaining your degree possible.

Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener. 

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