May 07, 2021  
2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOE: Facilities and Services

Office of Academic Programs

This office serves as the point of contact for Academic Programs (graduate admissions; financial aid, course scheduling and other curriculum and programmatic offerings; registration; course matriculation and monitoring; doctoral admissions and written and oral comprehensive examinations; degree monitoring and audits; and graduation.) Specific faculty advisors are assigned to admitted graduate students, but professionals in the Office of Academic Programs are prepared to respond to general questions regarding graduate curricular programs and academic policies and practice. For more information, please call (757) 221-2317 or send an e-mail message to

Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services

The Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services assist students with clinical placements and licensure. Applications for certification of teachers and other school personnel are processed through this office. By means of the Interstate Compact, graduates who qualify for certification in Virginia may qualify for certification in other states. All completed applications for certification, assessment score reports, and all required fees should be filed with the Director of Clinical Placements and Licensure two weeks prior to graduation. The Associate Dean serves as the Certification Officer for The College of William and Mary in its relations with the Virginia Department of Education. For more information, please call (757) 221-2320 or send an e-mail message to

Learning Resource Center

To supplement the resources of Swem Library, the School of Education maintains a Learning Resource Center. This Center supports the particular needs of the faculty, staff and students of the School of Education with curriculum materials, teaching aids, psycho-educational tests, and Virginia Department of Education adopted textbooks. A W&M ID Express Card operated photocopier and a variety of audiovisual equipment are available. Use of these resources by students in the School of Education may be scheduled by contacting the LRC staff at (757) 221-2311.

Counseling Center

Located in Blow Memorial Hall, the Counseling Center offers assistance to students through individual counseling/psychotherapy and groups such as those that deal with problems in relationships, eating disorders, and self esteem. The services are free of charge, and they are provided by experienced psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Counseling is confidential. Information is never released without a student’s written permission except in the case of life-threatening situations or where required by law. For more information about the Counseling Center, please call (757) 221-3620.

The Cohen Career Center

The mission of the Cohen Career Center is to provide students and alumni with comprehensive programs, services and resources that build competence, confidence and the ability to manage lifelong career development. They are committed to diversity, accessibility and service excellence in their work with students, alumni, faculty, employers, and the community. Assistance is provided through individual career counseling, career development seminars, and special programs and speakers.

The Office also offers a career placement service for School of Education students. Credential files are created and distributed for students upon their request. Assistance is offered in creating and maintaining resumes. Career Services also provides available job application forms for Virginia school systems, sponsors a variety of on-campus recruiting events, and maintains listings of current openings in institutions of higher education as well as openings in public and private educational systems throughout the nation. For more information, please call (757) 221–3231 or visit

The Earl Gregg Swem Library

Located on Landrum Drive on-campus, the Earl Gregg Swem Library provides books, periodicals, and electronic resources to support the teaching and research needs of faculty and students in the School of Education graduate programs. The library’s collection includes over 2 million cataloged volumes, print periodicals and serials, government publications, and multimedia items. New education titles, including selected juvenile books, are added continually to the library’s collections. To borrow materials, faculty, students, and staff must present a current college ID at the circulation desk. More information about circulation services appears at

Swem Library offers access to numerous electronic resources, including its online catalog, and more than 300 databases and 11,000 electronic journals, many of which feature full text articles relevant to professional education studies. Education Research Complete and ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), two of the world’s largest indexes to journal articles and documents in education, are accessible electronically through the library website at These and many additional useful education resources also have been compiled in an education Libguide, which can be accessed at

Books, journal articles, and microforms can also be borrowed from libraries across the country through Swem’s Interlibrary Loan Department. For ILL instructions, visit Contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at (757) 221-3089 or

Swem Library’s Media Center production and related services are available to W&M students, staff and faculty. These studios are equipped with a wide array of software and hardware for the creation of multimedia based projects. With a full time staff, loanable production equipment, and the Media Studios’ array of industry-standard software, the Media Center is capable of supporting a wide range of multimedia projects from pre-production, production, post-production to digital/analog distribution. Contact the Center at or (757) 221-1378.

There are more than one hundred computers, including laptops, available in the library. Nearly 30 group study rooms – all with whiteboards, several with flatscreen LCD displays – can be reserved for collaborative work.

The library’s electronic sources can also be accessed from any computer on campus via the campus telecommunications network. Current William and Mary faculty, students and staff can access these resources from off-campus through the campus proxy server using their W&M email username and password. For details call the Reference Department at (757) 221-3067.

Reference librarians are on duty most of the hours that the library is open and can help users find appropriate resources and explain how to use specific information tools. One of the reference librarians serves as the library liaison to the School of Education and specializes in working with students in SoE programs. For details about reference services, contact the Reference Department at (757) 221-3067 or at

During the regular academic year, hours for departments within the library and for branch libraries may vary. Call (757) 221-INFO anytime for more information or to confirm hours, especially during interim periods and the summer session. Current hours are also posted at

Information Technology

Microcomputers are available for the entire College community—students, faculty and administration. Public-access laboratories housing approximately 300 terminals and microcomputers are available in seven different buildings across campus, and several of these laboratories are open continuously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A variety of software is available for statistical analysis, word processing, spreadsheet or financial analysis, database management, computer language research, and electronic mail. Some software products are site licensed and others may be purchased using an educational discount. A number of platforms support E-mail services, listserv and web services, as well as the college’s data warehouse of institutional data. Every student has an account (user id) and a password automatically established on the electronic mail server. For more information visit

College Housing

The College offers furnished apartment-style living on a limited basis to graduate students. Room rates vary in price depending on the size of the apartment. The Graduate Housing Complex, located next to the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, is available for graduate students.

These two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments feature colonial-style architecture around a landscaped courtyard. They are also conveniently located within walking distance to the College campus. Twenty percent of the spaces in the complex are available on a 12-month basis. The other 80% are leased on an academic-year basis.

Students enrolled for the first time may apply only after being notified of admission. Students should complete the housing application on-line at

Information about off-campus housing possibilities can be obtained at


The College of William and Mary Bookstore, by Barnes & Noble, offers a vast selection of new and used textbooks, magazines, school and dorm supplies and William and Mary clothing and gifts. Both new and used textbooks can be sold back to the store through the buyback program. The Bookstore is also the source for official College class rings, graduation regalia and announcements. You can purchase books online by either clicking on our link at the course registration page OR by going directly to our website after you register for your courses. Textbooks ordered online can be packed and held at the store for easy pick-up at no additional charge. You can also choose to have your books shipped to you for an additional fee. The Textbook Department is located in the basement level of the store and opens two weeks prior to the beginning of each term. Remember to bring a copy of your course schedule so we can match you up with your correct books. The Bookstore accepts cash, personal checks with a valid ID, the William and Mary Express Card, all major credit cards, and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards. For more information, please visit