Master's Degree & Certification

Home & School Visitor (MEd)

The master’s program in home & school visitor prepares you for a rewarding career in school social work, helping students overcome personal and social barriers to academic success.

Program Overview

Develop the knowledge to effectively and compassionately work with students to address personal and social barriers at school, home, and in the community that can impede academic success with the master's in home & school visitor.

You’ll train for your career with individualized and collaborative academic plans, interactive learning experiences, and powerful mentoring relationships with professors. After graduation, you’ll build and thrive in communities of informed and critically reflective counselors and home & school visitors at all levels of the educational enterprise.

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

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The MEd in home school visitor program gives you several options related to certification. You can pursue a master’s with or without certification, or you can earn credits toward certification without a master’s degree.

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.

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 GPA 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

In the home and school visitor program, you’ll learn to effectively and compassionately guide students toward academic success by overcoming the personal and social barriers they face at school, at home, and in the community.

A Professional Learning Community

You'll take courses as part of a professional learning community (PLC), where your knowledge and work experience are integrated with that of others. This part-time program holds evening classes—perfect for working professionals. Complete your degree on your timetable while getting on the fast-track to developing leadership, consultative, and collaborative skills.

Experiential & Field-Based Learning

At Widener, you will build on your professional reputation and gain the necessary skills to become an exceptional home & school visitor and school social work expert through integrated experiential and field-based learning opportunities.

Mentoring Relationships & Individualized Attention

Choosing Widener’s home school visitor 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 help you meet your future career goals as a critical member of the educational community.


Our expert faculty engage students with diverse school social work models and individualized attention.

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?'"

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."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

With a home & school visitor degree, you will take the inside track to numerous rewarding career paths and will be equipped to assist others academically, socially, and emotionally.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Bensalem School District
  • Garnet Valley School District
  • Interboro School District
  • Ridley School District
  • School District of Philadelphia

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Field Staff Support Specialist
  • Child Rights Advocate
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Social Work Clinic Advisor
  • Mobile Home School Advisor

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

Take the Next Steps

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Financial Aid

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Next steps to apply

We’re glad you are considering applying. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system.

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