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
  • Online Teaching Certificate

Certificate 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.

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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. 

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Courses in this program matriculate into the:

This 12-credit certificate program is designed for working professionals who want to develop their expertise in online instruction. The certificate in online teaching will help instructors develop insights and strategies into how they can develop curricula, implement instruction, and assess student learning in an online environment. 

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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.

Essence Allen-Presley
Director of Special Education Programs

"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."

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."

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."

Zora M. Wolfe
Director of K-12 Educational Leadership Programs

"My philosophy for teaching graduate courses in educational leadership revolves around the importance of integrating theory and practice. I believe my courses need to be grounded in research and theory related to students' particular areas of study, and also provide opportunities for students to apply that research and theory to practice."

Brenda R. Gilio
Director of Center for Education

"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."

Kim C. O'Halloran
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategy

"I frequently utilize a learning contract, which allows graduate students to choose the methods of assessment that will best facilitate their own learning, and incorporate student leadership in the classroom and through online tools."

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?"

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."

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 7% from 2018 to 2028, 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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