Master's Degree

Master's Degree in Counselor Education and Human Sexuality (MEd)

With a master's degree in counselor education and human sexuality (MEd) from Widener, you will gain the knowledge to lead as both a professional school counselor and educator of human sexuality.

Program Overview

In our master's degree program in professional school counselor education and human sexuality (MEd), you'll take the inside track to a future as an educator, professional school counselor, 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. 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 human sexuality and professional school counseling.

Program Options

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Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher at the bachelor’s level
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Complete Widener online application
  • Resume
  • Professional Goals Statements
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of recommendation are required for this program:
    • Professional School Counselor Education Program: 2 letters of recommendation
    • Human Sexuality Program: 3 letters of recommendation (2 academic and 1 professional/volunteer)
  • Official transcripts from all completed undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Personal or group interview (scheduled after receipt and review of completed application)

You must apply separately to the Counselor Education Program in the Center for Education and the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and submit separate supporting documents, although transcripts can be shared.

Be sure to follow the separate application procedures required by both programs.

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

Program Highlights

With a master's degree in counselor education and human sexuality (MEd) from Widener, you'll develop the skills and expertise to excel as a sexuality educator and professional school counselor.

Flexibility & Efficiency

Courses are scheduled on nights and weekends with the needs of a working adult in mind. Because of this format, students commute from around the Philadelphia area (and beyond) and are able to keep their current jobs. Courses for the professional school counselor education program are fully synchronous online while the human sexuality program has both in person and online courses. 

Exceptional Training

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.

Clubs & Organizations

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

Take the Next Steps


Visit our online application system to complete your app and share supplemental materials. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.