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2018 - 2019 Graduate Catalog 
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Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Message from the Dean

Spencer Niles, Dean

On behalf of the William & Mary School of Education, I am thrilled to welcome you to our community.

As dean, I am immensely proud of the outstanding work our faculty, students and alumni do every day to transform the lives of students, schools and communities here in Virginia and across the globe.

School superintendents consistently rate our school highly. Many of our graduates assume leadership roles in teaching, counseling, educational leadership, and school psychology. The National Council of Teacher Quality has rated us as the top school in Virginia and the 14th ranked school of education in the United States. This year, they graded us in the top 10% of all schools of education in the nation. In short, we are a small school making a large impact on the people we serve.

Our faculty are acknowledged leaders in their fields, both nationally and internationally. Their scholarship and research are tackling some of the thorniest issues in education today, but they are first and foremost outstanding teachers. Our commitment to inclusive excellence and transformative teaching is at the heart of our work.

Our building is a state-of-the art, LEED-certified facility that houses all of our academic programs, centers and projects under one roof. It's an inspiring environment fully equipped to foster collaboration and deep learning.

At this time, when the need for outstanding educational professionals is so great, I can think of no more important work than the work we do in the School of Education. I invite you to join us in this effort as we seek to respond with excellence to the many challenges confronting individuals, families and communities. I sincerely hope that you will join us in making a difference in Virginia, the United States, and the world!

Spencer Niles
Dean, School of Education


Professional education programs in the School of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)) and the Virginia Department of Education. The Ed.S. School Psychology program at the College of William & Mary is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The Counseling and Counselor Education programs are accredited by CACREP, The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Through consultation with advisors in the School of Education, students can plan programs of study leading to professional certification by the Virginia Department of Education.

Academic Programs

In graduate studies, the School of Education offers programs at the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degree levels for both full-time and part-time students. At the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree level, students have an opportunity to continue their professional preparation in Curriculum and Instruction with the following concentrations: Elementary Education,  Secondary Education; Special Education; English as a Second Language (ESL) Bilingual Education.  A Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is offered in Counseling (Couples, Marriage & Family, School, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling concentrations), Educational Leadership (with concentrations in Higher Education and K-12 Administration), and School Psychology.  In addition, graduate students can pursue an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.  At the doctoral level, advanced graduate students can pursue a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership (with concentrations in General Education Administration (K-12), Gifted Education Administration and Higher Education Administration; Curriculum Leadership, and Curriculum and Educational Technology). An Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) program is offered in School Psychology.  Advanced graduate students can pursue an Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership through our Executive program with concentrations in General Education Administration (K-12), Gifted Education Administration, Higher Education Administration, and School Psychology.

On matters related to the pre-service preparation of elementary, secondary, and special education teachers, a Teacher Education Advisory Council has been formed to advise the Dean, Associate Deans, and Faculty of the School of Education. Membership in the Council consists of administrative and instructional staff from the School of Education, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the public schools. Its charge includes serving as a forum for communicating about the content and requirements of teacher preparation programs; initiation and consideration of specific proposals for modifying existing teacher education programs and developing new ones; enhancement of collaborative relationships and cooperative activities among faculty in the School of Education, faculty in Arts and Sciences and local school system personnel; formally and informally advocating teaching as a profession and the College's teacher preparation programs; and consideration of specific needs in teacher education related to children in special populations, including culturally and linguistically diverse groups, children with disabilities, and the gifted and talented.