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

Thank you for visiting Widener University’s home school visitor program, a professional learning community, and the ideal place to pursue your graduate education.

We offer programs for those seeking a master's degree and/or certification as a home school visitor.  

Our program attracts current education professionals, as well as social workers seeking a pathway to work in PK—12 school settings. 

After successful completion of the master’s degree and/or certification, graduate students are eligible for the PDE home school visitor specialist certification. 

Program Options

  • Master's Degree: View the academic catalog for Loading... the master's degree requirements.
  • Certification: View the academic catalog for Loading... the certification requirements.

Students may earn the certification for 24 credits or earn the full MEd with certification for 36 credits.

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 one letter of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors.

You will be invited by the program director to meet and learn about the program.

Admission to the certification and master’s degree program are welcome on a year-round basis. 

Program Highlights

Our integrated curriculum fosters critical thinkers, effective communicators, and ethical leaders prepared for careers in PK-12 schools, communities, and higher education institutions. With an emphasis on student-faculty engagement and a commitment to professional development, graduate students discover their passion and purpose to serve others.

A Professional Learning Community

The program emphasizes a professional learning community (PLC) concept, where 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 dispositions to become a compassionate leader 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 serve as an effective home school visitor. 

Relationships & Individualized Attention

Choosing Widener’s home school visitor program is an investment in you—your education, your career and your future. Relationships are created and valued between faculty and graduate students. A collaborative and shared responsibility for learning and student success results in an individualized academic plan that best suits your needs and career goals.  

Faculty

Our experienced faculty engage students with 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 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 8% from 2018 to 2028, 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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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. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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