Graduate Education Certificates

Widener’s graduate certificate programs expand your education expertise without fully committing to a multi-year master’s or doctoral program, with an option to later matriculate into master’s and doctoral programs.

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Program Overview

Our Center for Education’s graduate certificate programs expand your expertise in a variety of disciplines without having to fully commit to a multi-year master’s or doctoral program. If you decide later to pursue a full advanced degree, your credits will matriculate into the corresponding master’s and doctoral programs. Certificates include:

  • Counselor Coach Certificate
  • Higher Education Leadership and Administration Certificate

Widener's Center for Education is proud of its 2016 NCATE accreditation and is prepared to meet the renewed rigor and relevance of excellence by seeking accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 2023 standards. Eligible programs take steps to maintain gapless national accreditation for educator preparation. See CAEP standards and annual impact and outcome measures.

Program Options

The counselor coach certificate is designed to prepare you with knowledge and skills to engage students in a supportive, nurturing way when they exhibit challenging behaviors and emotional distress. The 12-credit counselor coach certificate will have a sequence of four graduate courses with a field experience component. You may complete the sequence within one academic year.

Upon completion of the counselor coach certificate, you may transfer those credits toward the:

If you want to acquire new knowledge and develop skills grounded in theory, scholarship, educational research and best practices, this 15-credit hybrid/online graduate certificate in higher education leadership and administration will enable you to pursue your goals. You’ll learn how the field of higher education is organized and studied, best practices in institutional effectiveness, and how to integrate data and theories into decision-making practices. 

Courses in this program matriculate into the:

Admissions Information

Complete the application form.

Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework are needed for admission into certificate programs. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework are needed for admission into certificate programs.

We have rolling admissions, so you may enter the program in any semester.

Two letters of recommendations are needed for admission into certificate programs.

Applicants will have an admissions interview with a faculty advisor.

Program Highlights

Our Center for Education certificate programs prepare you for professional advancement within counselor coaching and higher education.

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 take the fast-track to developing leadership, consultative, and collaborative skills.

Mentoring Relationships & Individualized Attention

Choosing Widener’s graduate certificate programs is an investment in you—your education, your career, and your future. You'll benefit from individualized mentoring relationships with your professors and advisors.


Get to know our faculty who teach in our certificate programs.

Noreen M. Yoder
Associate Professor

"I believe in establishing a classroom climate that fosters self-discovery, student engagement and opportunities to use problem-solving strategies."

Brenda R. Gilio
Associate Professor

"In the educational leadership programs at Widener University, we take your education personally by working with you to achieve your professional goals through a flexible, career-oriented program that meets your professional and personal needs."

Ning Wang

"My goal in teaching is to enable and motivate my students to understand and make sense of the craft of applying research methods and to become critical and rigorous learners."

Susan Patricia Schaming
Coordinator of Graduate Counselor Education, Educational Foundations & Home School Visitor Programs

Dr. Susan Schaming, "I ask my school counselors and educators, "'What will you do today to make a difference in students’ lives?'"

Nadine McHenry

"Learning to be a teacher requires discipline and hard work. Learning to be great teacher requires passion and a deep dedication to the many and diverse children that we serve."

Richard E. Thurlow
Associate Professor

"My interests include brain development, literacy development, and applications of technology in research and instruction. My greatest excitement in teaching comes from the way that working with graduate students spills over to my teaching of undergraduates and vice versa."

Dana Reisboard
Associate Professor

"My teaching focuses upon cognitive processing and application. In this regard, critical literacy complements the cognitive learning process. Critical literacy is the ability to actively read a text that promotes an understanding of social concepts and human relationships."

Essence Allen-Presley
Assistant Professor

"I believe classroom culture should include opportunities to create community through social justice values, respect, and equality for everyone. Teachers must include students' needs and interests, their knowledge from personal experiences, interactions, opportunities to explore hands-on activities, social-emotional regulation through positive behavior supports, and self-constructed inquiry and knowledge through questioning."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Eastern Regional High School
  • Elwyn
  • Immaculata University
  • Interboro School District
  • Neumann University
  • Ridley School District
  • St. Joseph's University
  • The School District of Philadelphia

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • College/University administrator, faculty, leader
  • Counselor Coach
  • Dean or Executive Director
  • Higher Education Leader
  • Program Coordinator

Industry Growth

Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Expected growth may result from increasing student enrollment in colleges and universities.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Post-Secondary Administrators in Demand

People will continue to seek post-secondary education to accomplish their career goals. More post-secondary education administrators will be needed to serve the needs of additional students.

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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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