Thank you for visiting Widener University’s Counselor Education program, an ideal place to pursue your graduate education.
Our program attracts current education professionals who are seeking a master's degree or an additional certification in K-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 schools or higher education.
After graduating and earning a passing score on the PRAXIS exam, you will be eligible for Pennsylvania K–12 school counselor certification. With supplemental coursework, eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor is also an option.
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.
Whether earning a master's degree or pursuing the certification only, students are eligible for K-12 school counselor certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The internship is a capstone in both the K-12 school counseling and student services in higher education track. Many students are working professionals in schools, though we also have students who are seeking a career change. Accommodations are managed on an individual student basis to meet the internship requirement.
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 integrated curriculum fosters critical thinkers, strong communicators, and ethical leaders prepared for careers in K-12 schools, communities, and higher education institutions. With an emphasis on student-faculty engagement and faculty committed to your development, you will discover your passion and purpose to serve others.
A Professional Learning Community
The program emphasizes a professional learning community (PLC) concept, where your 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 a disposition 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 counselor. Group observations, counselor interviews, and career assessment are examples of experiential and field-based learning that lead to counseling internships.
Relationships & Individualized Attention
Choosing Widener’s counselor education program is an investment in you—your education, your career, and your future. Relationships with professors and advisors are collaborative and lead to an individualized academic plan tailored to your needs.
Our expert faculty engage students with diverse counseling models and individualized attention.
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.