Master’s Degree

Human Sexuality Studies (MEd)

With a master of education (MEd) degree in human sexuality studies, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a leader in the field.

Program Overview

In our master of education (MEd) program in human sexuality studies, you'll take the inside track to a future as an educator, clinician, therapist, and sexuality professional. This program trains professionals in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work with individuals and groups around the myriad sensitive issues in human sexuality.

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.

Program Options for MEd in Human Sexuality Studies

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Sex Therapy Track

In this track you will learn how to help others through sex therapy or related work (e.g., clinical research, intervention development). International consensus is that sex therapy is considered a subdiscipline of other clinical disciplines (e.g., social work, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, professional counseling).

  • Please note: To enroll in the sex therapy track, you must either already hold a licensable mental health degree or must enroll in one of our interdisciplinary programs. Licensable mental health degrees include: MSW, LMFT, LCSW, LPC, LEP, PPS, MA in Psychology, or an MA in Counseling. Please contact our department if you are unsure as to whether or not you are qualified to apply to the sex therapy track.
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Sex Education Track

In the sex education track you will learn the necessary skills to educate others about human sexuality in communities, schools, or universities as community educators, teachers, educational consultants, curriculum developers, professional writers, or journalists. The sexuality education track emphasizes the developmentally and culturally appropriate design, delivery, and assessment of educational interventions across the broad spectrum of human sexuality.

Public Policy Track

The sexuality and public policy track of the MEd in Human Sexuality Studies program prepares students to work at the intersection of policy, advocacy and sexuality. Policies set at the local, state, and federal levels impact the scope of individual rights, as well as access to information and quality services in the fields of sexuality, reproductive rights, and sexual health. Students pursuing this track will gain greater understanding of the dynamic and complex policy sector and build skills to effectively advocate for positive change. The program includes a practicum component where students will spend a year working in a professional setting to get real-world experiences that sets them up for success. While the sexuality-specific courses are taught in a combination of weekend and online courses, the four public administration courses required for this concentration are only offered weekday evenings on Widener’s Main Campus in Chester, PA.

Non-Profit Management Track

The non-profit management track is for individuals seeking to advance their skills as leaders of non-profit and non-governmental organizations that work in the sexuality sector and the related areas across the United States (i.e. reproductive justice, sexuality education, public education and information, healthcare, etc.). This track enhances leadership and managerial skills, while also offering training in advancement and communications necessary to thrive given the increasing demands and challenges facing the non-profit sector. The program includes a practicum component where students will spend a year working in a professional setting to get real-world experiences that set them up for success. While the sexuality-specific courses are taught in a combination of weekend and online courses, the four public administration courses required for this concentration are only offered weekday evenings on Widener’s Main cCmpus in Chester, PA.


Option for Pursuing a Career in the Public School Setting

If you wish to pursue a career in the public school setting but are not a certified teacher, consider a dual degree option with Widener’s school counseling program. Along with an MEd, you will receive a Pennsylvania certificate in school counseling.

Admissions Information

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher at the bachelor’s level
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Complete Widener's online application
  • Resume
  • Professional Goals Statements
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation: two academic and one professional/volunteer
    • Note: At least one academic recommendation is preferred, but all professional recommendations are acceptable if degree was completed more than 5 years ago or academic recommendations are impossible to obtain.
  • Official transcripts from all completed undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Personal or group interview (scheduled after receipt and review of completed application)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year for a fall semester start.

Program Highlights

With a master of education degree in human sexuality studies from Widener, you'll develop the skills and expertise to excel as a sexuality educator.

Flexibility & Efficiency

Most of our classes are scheduled on weekends and evenings with working adults in mind. Because of this format, human sexuality MEd students commute from around the Philadelphia area (and beyond) and are able to keep their current jobs.

Service Learning

Thanks to our highly trained faculty and staff who use current educational philosophies and methodologies, you will receive an education that emphasizes affective learning and cutting-edge strategies in the field of human sexuality.

Certification through AASECT

If you are interested in becoming certified by the American Association and Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, our master's degree curriculum puts you on the right track to meeting the requirements for certification.

Clubs & Organizations

Human Sexuality Studies & School Counseling majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus, including Gamma Eta Rho - A National Honor Society in Human Sexuality, Human Sexuality Education Student Organization, and many more.

Faculty

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Our graduates finish our program ready to serve their communities and gain the experience to be leaders in the human sexuality fields.

Student Stories

Li Lock presented their findings to Widener peers and faculty.

"I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to go to the program at Widener. I’d heard it was a reputable program at an accredited university, and after learning about the backgrounds of the faculty and their research interests, I knew this was the place."

Li Lock

Class of 2019

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