Our master's degree in counselor education prepares you for a rewarding career as a school counselor in grades K–12. We also offer a track for counselors in higher education colleges and universities. With supplemental coursework, eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor is also an option.
After graduating and earning a passing score on the PRAXIS exam, you will be eligible for Pennsylvania K–12 school counselor certification.
Most students in the program are working full-time and enroll in 3–6 credits per semester. Many of the required courses are scheduled at 4:15 p.m., meeting once per week, Monday–Thursday, convenient for academic professionals. Several courses can be taken online, and a few courses are offered in the evenings.
Graduates of the counselor education master's program are eligible for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification. Working professionals who have already earned a master's degree in a related field like leadership, reading specialist, or special education may also pursue counselor education certification.
Our internships are tailored to meet the needs of adults employed in the field of counseling or education. Working professionals in community settings or those seeking a career change to counseling are accommodated with alternative school programs that meet during nontraditional K–12 hours.
Have an official transcript sent from allprevious graduate and undergraduate programs.
Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors.
Complete a writing sample. Contact the Writing Center at 610-499-4332 to schedule an appointment.
You will have an admissions interview with a faculty advisor.
MEd full-time summer or fall start term - May 1
MEd part-time fall start term - July 1
As an incoming MEd student, you are eligible to receive a program-specific scholarship upon acceptance. Scholarship amounts are awarded based on full- or part-time study to students who have achieved a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in their bachelor's degree.
No need to fill out a scholarship application—you are automatically considered and if you have been chosen for a scholarship, it will appear in your acceptance letter.
Our counselor education program gives you the skills and preparation to help students achieve success academically, socially, and emotionally.
A Professional Learning Community
You will take courses as part of a professional learning community (PLC), where your knowledge and work experience are integrated with that of others. You'll have the fast-track to developing leadership, consultative, and collaborative skills, giving you the disposition to be an outstanding professional school counselor.
Through experiential and field-based learning embedded in the program, you will build a professional identity and hone the requisite skills to be an exceptional counselor. Group observations, professional counselor interviews, and intervention plans are some examples of experiential and field-based learning that lead to the culminating counseling internship.
Choosing Widener’s counselor education program is an investment in you—your education, your career, and your future. You'll benefit from mentoring relationships with your professors and advisors. Collaborating together, you'll develop individualized academic plans tailored to you.
Widener is in a unique situation to have partnerships with many area schools. The university operates its own charter school, which enables students to gain real-world experience.
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
K–12 Professional School Counselor
Child or Adolescent Therapist
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
Employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing school enrollments is expected to lead to employment growth of these workers.