Message from the Dean
What a wonderful time to pursue or advance your career in education! Never has there been greater need for effective professionals as the nation struggles to educate increasing numbers of students at all levels-students who are more diverse and bring more complex needs than ever before and who must acquire higher level skills to compete in today’s global society. Professionals who are up to the challenge must not only be expert in their specializations but also be prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, families, and policymakers to improve educational programs.
For over 300 years, The College of William and Mary has educated leaders who have shaped our democratic systems. In this tradition, the School of Education is dedicated to preparing leaders who come to us with great capacity and commitment and graduate with the competence and credentials to make an impact.
We invite you to apply and to experience graduate study at William and Mary, the nation’s premier liberal arts university. Become a member of the School of Education and enjoy our fabulous facility that houses all of our academic programs, our research and outreach centers, and a state-of-the-art professional development complex.
Indeed, it is a wonderful time to pursue or advance your career through our William and Mary School of Education!
Virginia L. McLaughlin
Professional education programs in the School of Education are accredited by the 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 and 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.
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, degree level students have an opportunity to continue their professional preparation in Curriculum and Instruction with the following concentrations: Elementary and Secondary Education; Reading, Language and Literacy; Gifted Education; and Special Education (initial certification and Collaborating Master Educator). A Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is offered in Counseling (Family, School, Community and Community and Addictions concentrations), Educational Leadership (with concentrations in Higher Education and K-12 Administration), and School Psychology. At the doctoral (Ed.D./Ph.D.) level, advanced graduate students can pursue studies 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.
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 minority groups, children with disabilities, and the gifted and talented.