Post-Baccalaureate Certifications

PA State Education Certifications & Endorsements

Become a teacher or advance your existing teaching career through a post-baccalaureate certification program at Widener.

Program Overview

Want to become a teacher or advance your existing teaching career? Are you looking to become a leader within your field?

Widener’s Center for Education offers numerous post-baccalaureate certification and endorsement programs to meet your individual professional development goals. You can pursue your first certification or add on to previous ones, with the option to enroll in a full graduate degree by matriculating certification program credits when possible.

Widener's Center for Education is proud of its 2016 NCATE accreditation and is prepared to meet the renewed rigor and relevance of excellence by seeking accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 2023 standards. Eligible programs take steps to maintain gapless national accreditation for educator preparation. See CAEP standards and annual impact and outcome measures. 

Program Options

Expand your professional education career prospects through our Pennsylvania Department of Education certification programs. The following affordable programs are priced per credit, significantly under the cost of the master's and doctorate degrees, and most courses will matriculate into the corresponding master's and/or doctoral programs, if pursued.

The Endorsement programs document knowledge in new and emerging areas where formal certifications do not exist. The Endorsement programs are intended to improve your skills in dealing with complex classroom settings. These endorsements would be added to existing Level I or Level II certifications but are not required to perform service in these areas.

Widener’s Teacher Intern Program is an alternate route to certification for those seeking a career change.

Become eligible for Level I PA Instructional Certification in the following subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Elementary Education: The Early Years (Pre-K-4)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

To receive an intern certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you will complete certain prescribed courses, receive passing scores on the Praxis tests, and receive a Letter of Intern Candidacy.  Additionally, you must secure a teaching position before you can apply for an intern teaching certificate.

Once you have secured a full-time, paid teaching position, you will be supervised by Widener faculty over a minimum one-year period. In addition, you can take required coursework in the evenings at Widener’s Main Campus or online. Upon completion of the coursework and the supervised teaching experience (which takes about two years to complete), you will be eligible for Pennsylvania Instructional I certification in your content area.

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Admissions Information

Complete the application form.

Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework are needed for admission into certificate programs.

We have rolling admissions, so you may enter the program in any semester.

Two letters of recommendations are needed for admission into certificate programs.

Applicants will have an admissions interview with a faculty advisor.

Program Highlights

Gain the skills and preparation to become a teacher or advance your teaching career, while becoming a leader within the field of education.

A Professional Learning Community

Take courses as part of a professional learning community, where your knowledge and work experience are integrated with others. You'll take the fast-track to developing leadership, consultative, and collaborative skills.

Experiential & Field-Based Learning

At Widener, you will build on your professional reputation and gain the skills to become a teacher or expand your teaching capabilities through integrated experiential and field-based learning opportunities.

Mentoring Relationships & Individualized Attention

Choosing to enroll in one of Widener’s post-baccalaureate education certificate programs is an investment in you—your education, your career, and your future. You'll benefit from mentoring relationships with your professors and advisors. Collaborating together, you'll develop individualized academic plans tailored to you.

Faculty

Get to know the faculty who teach in our many certification programs.

Brenda R. Gilio
Associate Professor

"In the educational leadership programs at Widener University, we take your education personally by working with you to achieve your professional goals through a flexible, career-oriented program that meets your professional and personal needs."

Kim C. O'Halloran
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies & Extended Learning

"I frequently utilize a learning contract, which allows graduate students to choose the methods of assessment that will best facilitate their own learning, and incorporate student leadership in the classroom and through online tools."

Essence Allen-Presley
Assistant Professor

"I believe classroom culture should include opportunities to create community through social justice values, respect, and equality for everyone. Teachers must include students' needs and interests, their knowledge from personal experiences, interactions, opportunities to explore hands-on activities, social-emotional regulation through positive behavior supports, and self-constructed inquiry and knowledge through questioning."

Richard E. Thurlow
Associate Professor

"My interests include brain development, literacy development, and applications of technology in research and instruction. My greatest excitement in teaching comes from the way that working with graduate students spills over to my teaching of undergraduates and vice versa."

Zora M. Wolfe
Associate Professor

"My philosophy for teaching graduate courses in educational leadership revolves around the importance of integrating theory and practice. I believe my courses need to be grounded in research and theory related to students' particular areas of study, and also provide opportunities for students to apply that research and theory to practice."

Ning Wang
Professor

"My goal in teaching is to enable and motivate my students to understand and make sense of the craft of applying research methods and to become critical and rigorous learners."

Maggie Place
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Extended Learning

"With my psychology and education backgrounds combined, I am passionate about helping adult students meet their educational goals."

Susan Patricia Schaming
Coordinator of Graduate Counselor Education, Educational Foundations & Home School Visitor Programs

Dr. Susan Schaming, "I ask my school counselors and educators, "'What will you do today to make a difference in students’ lives?'"

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • CADES
  • Chester Upland School District
  • Chichester School District
  • Elwyn
  • Interboro School District
  • Ridley School District
  • The School District of Philadelphia
  • Widener Child Development Center
  • Widener Partnership Charter School

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Elementary or Secondary Education Teacher
  • Home and School Visitor or K-12 School Counselor
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • K-12 School Principal, Superintendent, or Instructional Coach
  • Reading Specialist

Industry Growth

Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for kindergarten and elementary teachers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Demand for School Counselors

Rising enrollments in elementary, middle, and high schools will increase demand for school counselors. As enrollments grow, schools will require more counselors to respond to students' developmental and academic needs.

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