Human Sexuality (MEd) & Public Administration (MPA)
In our dual degree master of education and master of public administration program (MEd/MPA), you will take the inside track to a future as an educator, policy maker, non-profit worker, and sexuality professional.
Not only will you work with other community educators, teachers, policymakers, educational consultants, curriculum developers, professional writers, or journalists in communities, schools, or universities, but you will also be trained in:
Social justice education
Culturally appropriate program design
At Widener, you will gain experience by doing. 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 and public administration.
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All of our students gain hands-on practical experience in either educational or clinical settings, depending on their 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.
GPA of 3.0 or higher at the bachelor’s level
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
With a MEd/MPA dual degree from Widener, you will develop the skills and expertise to excel as a sexuality educator, advocacy worker, and policy maker.
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 beyond) and are able to keep their current jobs.
"Our students care about furthering positive outcomes in society. My goal in the classroom is to help them do this by building managerial and leadership skills that improve work performance in the near term and aid career advancement."
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 love the interdisciplinary aspect of GWS--we move from analyzing a novel to looking up statistics on intimate partner violence, to discussing psychological and feminist theories, to applying all that back to the novel. It's the best way to learn and grow—after all life is interdisciplinary!"
"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."