Master's Degree & Certification

Counselor Education (MEd)

A master's degree in counselor education leads to a rewarding career as a K-12 school counselor or a student services professional in higher education.

Program Overview

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. 

The Center for Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and eligible for Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP standards and annual impact and outcome measures.

 

Program Options

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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.

Admissions Information

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Copy of 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.
  • 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.

Program Highlights

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.

Faculty

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 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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 

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