Do your New Year's resolutions include shaking up your career and building a better world?

Have you dreamed of being...

A counselor?

A teacher?

A change maker?

A professor?

A leader in K-12 or higher education?

An innovator?

If this sounds like you, you belong with us

Why pursue a graduate degree in education at William & Mary?

With just over 650 students, the School of Education is big enough to offer a diverse range of programs, people and experiences, but small enough to feel like family. You’ll make close connections with your fellow students and your professors — relationships that will stay with you for life and help you forge your own career path.

“I applied to William & Mary because of the strong sense of community I felt when I attended Prospective Students Day. The passion that the professors and students showed for counseling was inspiring and I knew I would be among peers who felt just as strongly as I did about the importance of mental health.”

Olivia Cruz M.Ed. ’19, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Our master’s and doctoral programs are designed to produce leaders — people with the passion, skills and tenacity to effect change in education. Our alumni achieve early recognition for their leadership, quickly becoming school leaders and innovators.

Elizabeth Redford M.A.Ed. ’10

She is revolutionizing transitional services for young adults with disabilities in the Richmond area, changing hearts and minds about what people with disabilities are capable of.

Study on a campus that offers more than 300 years of history and countless beloved traditions. Enjoy walking down Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg, take your family to Busch Gardens and make the hour-long trip to see the ocean at Virginia Beach. Williamsburg is easily accessible to both the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas.

Our faculty are recognized and respected around the world for instruction and research. They’re passionate about their own research as well as the success of their students — they are, after all, teachers first and foremost. And our small size means you’ll work closely with faculty, quickly discovering opportunities for research, service, and publication of your work.

“The strength of the William & Mary program lies in the priority the faculty have in furthering students' academic and career goals. While there are opportunities to work with faculty on research projects at William & Mary, the faculty also encourage students to pursue their own research interests. Through the support of my faculty, I have had the opportunity to attend an Academic Leadership Academy, take electives in my career areas and work in the area of advancement through a graduate assistantship and an independent seminar. Being able to customize our program to match our own passions makes this program unique and makes the hard work worthwhile.”

Angela Bartee, Ed.D. ’19, Higher Education Administration

School of Education leads the way in rethinking the role of K-12 school leaders

Faculty at the School of Education are collaborating with colleagues across the state to re-imagine the role of K-12 school leaders. They’re developing a new framework of competencies and skillsets for principals and school district leaders that will facilitate the kind of learning students will need to succeed in the new economy.

You won’t be stuck in a lecture hall and you won’t have to wait until after graduation to begin making a difference in the lives of students and communities. Students are encouraged to craft their own unique academic journey — and opportunities abound to pursue meaningful, fulfilling experiences that allow students to both learn and contribute.

“The New Horizons Family Counseling Center is an on-campus clinic where many family counseling students do their internship. It offers invaluable experience that is well respected in the field. The clinical skills attained leads to more employment opportunities and you receive valuable supervision from a committed team. This internship alone will set you apart upon graduation as there are less than a handful of colleges that allow for this type of family clinical counseling experience.”

Philippa Chin M.Ed. ’19, Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling

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