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College of Education and Social Work

College of Education and Social Work

An Accredited, Affordable Graduate Degree is within Reach at The College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University.

Why WCU?

West Chester University's College of Education and Social Work is pleased to offer an array of in-class and online graduate degree and certificate options. Personalized attention, opportunities for research, and a tight knit community are the hallmarks of a West Chester graduate education, regardless of the class format you choose.

The College of Education and Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Individual programs are designed with best practices in mind and are aligned with specific benchmarking agencies that set industrywide standards. West Chester University is a top choice for educators in the state of Pennsylvania and beyond, and our Master of Social Work program is ranked among the top 100 programs in the country.

College of Education and Social Work

Certificate Programs:

  • Autism
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Educational Technology
  • Endorsement in Literacy Coaching
  • Entrepreneurial Education
  • Gerontology
  • Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs
  • Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs
  • Literacy
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Special Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Teaching Pre K-Grade 4 Early Grades Preparation
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Teaching Grade 4-Grade 8 Middle Grades Preparation
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Professional Counselor Licensure Preparation
  • Reading Specialist Certification
  • Secondary Teaching Certificate
  • Specialist Certificate I in School Counseling
  • Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology

About West Chester University:

WCU is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania just 56 km from the heart of Center City Philadelphia; 198 km from New York City; and 190 km from Washington, D.C. At WCU, the best of what the East Coast has to offer is truly right out your front door. Being so close to major hubs of business, industry, and politics, means unlimited opportunity for WCU students-from internships and employment to leisure travel and tourism. And, although campus is so close to so much, it's still safe. In fact, WCU was named one of America's safest colleges in 2017.

Then there's the town of West Chester itself. West Chester is the epitome of an American college town, and when school is in session, our students effectively double the population here. From restaurants and shops to cultural events and festivals, West Chester has a ton to offer. In fact, West Chester was recently ranked as one of America's best college towns and as one of the best towns to live in after graduation.

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