Clinical Psychology (PsyD) & Human Sexuality Studies (MEd)
In our dual degree doctorate of psychology program and master of education (PsyD/MEd), you will take the inside track to a future as an educator, clinician, therapist, and sexuality professional.
In addition to working collaboratively with community educators, teachers, therapists, clinicians, and writers, you will also be trained in social justice education, research methodologies, curriculum development, clinical research, teaching strategies, assessment and intervention, and culturally appropriate program design.
You'll gain hands-on practice experience in either educational or clinical settings, depending on your program track. Field experience is accompanied by a practicum course through which you will receive supervision from a faculty member. Field placements are located where you live, and students who live more than two hours away from campus can attend their practicum class through video conferencing.
Through a practicum placement and a rigorous research-oriented education, you will develop the skills and aptitudes to excel in the field of human sexuality.
Official transcripts from all completed undergraduate and graduate programs
Interview by invitation
For the PsyD/MEd interdisciplinary program, applicants need to apply through the PsyCAS website. Follow the prompts for the dual degree carefully, and include a copy of your most current resume. Students are interviewed and accepted individually by each program.
Please visit the Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program page for more information about requirements specific to the clinical psychology doctoral degree.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year for a fall semester start.
With a PsyD/MEd dual degree from Widener, you will develop the skills and expertise to excel as a sexuality educator and clinical psychologist and will be trained to use science to inform your practice.
Flexibility & Efficiency
Most of the classes take place only on specified weekends, so you will know in advance when you are required on campus. Because of this format, students commute from around the Philadelphia area (and further) and are able to keep their current jobs.
Note: does not apply to PsyD courses
Thanks to our highly trained faculty and staff who use current educational philosophies and methodologies, you will received an education that emphasizes affecting learning and cutting-edge strategies.
Certification through AASECT
If you are interested in becoming certified by the American Association and Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, our curriculum puts you on the right track to meeting the requirements for certification.
"My approach to teaching is best described as embracing an existentialist and social reconstructivist perspective, emphasizing respect for what each student brings to the classroom and students’ responsibility for their own learning. In my teaching at Widener, these methods have resulted in positive outcomes as measured by student course evaluations and verbal feedback."
I have been a therapist working with LGBTQ children, youth, and families for the last 20 years. I went into this work to raise the voices of individuals who are far too often silenced.
In 2014, I founded the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to have a way for Transgender and Gender Expansive children, youth, and their families to receive multidisciplinary care. In supporting these wonderful families, it became clear that there needs to be many more therapists who can provide support. My motivation in building this training program is to have more therapists in the community who can provide this great care.
“I identify as a psychodynamic therapist, with an active private practice, who utilizes these experiences to infuse my teaching and research interests with relevance for the practitioner of tomorrow. I have a keen interest in how to best train students to work with diversity across multiple dimensions (age, disability status, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.), particularly as it impacts both the treatment alliance and treatment process.”
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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 $25 application fee to apply to Widener, in addition to the PSYCAS fee.