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William & Mary

School of Education

Williamsburg, VA


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Program Overview and Introduction to William & Mary

Large enough for excellence--small enough for community. The William & Mary School of Education is nationally accredited and recognized. Its faculty members are actively engaged in up-to-date research, both synthesizing and generating it. Programs are small, thus faculty members are accessible and maintain close supportive relationships with their students. Graduates are prepared for what is, and what will be, by being connected to the present and being provided the skills to shape the future. Students participate in relevant, engaging field experiences early in the program. William & Mary graduates leave with the leadership skills to advocate for change in the profession. Alumni achieve early recognition for outstanding teaching -- they quickly become school leaders and innovators. The school's graduate programs are designed to meet the needs of a diverse student population that includes full-time and part-time students, differently abled students, mid-career professionals responding to rapid changes in their respective fields, homemakers reentering the paid workforce, and recent recipients of bachelor's or master's degrees preparing for advanced positions in the field of education. The School of Education also offers an online master’s program in counseling.

Campus Setting/Surrounding Area

Founded in 1693, William & Mary is the 2nd oldest educational institution in the US. Four US Presidents benefited from educational programs offered by the college: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler. Students attend classes in rooms where Thomas Jefferson studied and at the same time use some of the most sophisticated computer technology and scientific instrumentation in the world. The Sunken Garden isn't just a place for playing Ultimate Frisbee these days. Now students can log into their favorite blog or website anytime, anywhere. The Sir Christopher Wren Building, completed in 1700, has been called "the soul of the college." Survivor of 3 fires, its classrooms, offices and chapel still welcome students daily, despite the rumor that it's haunted. Students at William & Mary have a living museum and an amusement park as the local backdrop. Williamsburg, Virginia, is approximately 150 miles south of Washington, DC. Far from having seen its heyday as the Capital of Virginia in 1698, Williamsburg offers the ideal setting for a modern, collegiate atmosphere. Adjacent to the campus is Colonial Williamsburg, which along with Jamestown and Yorktown comprise the Historic Triangle. It's like the Bermuda Triangle, but instead of wrecking ships, it provides insights into American History. Tourists flock to Williamsburg every summer, but William & Mary students have the run of the place during less humid months.


The School of Education has 42 tenure line faculty members, of which 8 hold endowed professorships, combined with other personnel for a total of 90 faculty and staff members. The school's education professors have garnered more than $64 million in research grants over the past 10 years with $19 million in the past 3 years.

Specialty Program and Degree Opportunities

The Curriculum & Instruction programs prepare students to shape the future of the nation through teacher preparation programs and specialty endorsement programs. Students can impact the future by becoming teachers through the graduate programs in elementary education, secondary education, ESL/Bilingual education, or special education. The Educational Policy and Leadership programs provide exciting opportunities for graduate studies for professionals who want to be educational leaders and impact change. Students can choose a master's degree program with an emphasis in K-12 administration or higher education administration. Students who already have master's degrees can consider doctoral programs in general K-12 administration, curriculum and learning design or higher education administration. The School Psychology and Counselor Education programs prepare highly qualified professionals for exciting and challenging careers in educational and mental health settings. At William & Mary, students don't wait until after graduation to start making differences in the lives of children and clients. These programs in School Psychology and Counseling place students in area school divisions to tackle real world issues as they prepare to become highly qualified professionals. The online counseling program allows students from all around the US to participate in the CACREP accredited clinical mental health and school counseling programs. The New Horizons Family Counseling Center provides advanced graduate students in counseling with practicum and internship opportunities.


The William & Mary School of Education is consistently ranked in the top 50 graduate schools of education by the U.S. News & Work Report.  Professional education programs in the School of Education are nationally recognized and accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. The School of Education is accredited by (CAEP) the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The School Psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Counselor Education programs are accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Center for Gifted Education and the New Horizons Family Counseling Center

The Center for Gifted Education is a learning community that values and fosters the talent development process of individuals over its lifespan. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. The center has established an international reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. The New Horizons Family Counseling Center is a product of a long-standing collaboration between the Counselor Education Program at The College of William & Mary and regional school districts in Williamsburg and the surrounding area. It provides free services to families of children attending public schools in the local area. Families may be referred to the clinic by teachers, principals, counselors, school psychologists, or school social workers. Students in master's and doctoral programs in counseling complete clinical internships in the center. Family counseling services are provided at sites both on the campus of William & Mary and in select public schools. Under licensed faculty supervision, students serve as administrators, supervisors, and family counselors for the center.

Majors and Programs

The School of Education at William & Mary offers programs and majors ranging from and including:

- Elementary Education

- Secondary Education

- Secondary English Education

- Secondary Science Education

- Secondary Math Education

- Secondary Social Studies Education

- English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education

- Special Education

- K-12 Administration

- Higher Education Administration

- School Psychology

- School Counseling

- Clinical Mental Health Counseling

- Addictions Counseling

- Military & Veteran Counseling

- Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling

- Doctoral programs in K-12 Administration

- Doctoral program in Curriculum and Learning Design

- Doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration

- Teacher preparation

- Teacher certification

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Education (M Ed)
Doctor of Education (Ed D)
Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Specialist in Education (Ed S)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 165
Doctoral Degrees 40
Other Advanced Degrees 10

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE, MAT, PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE or MAT
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Other Advanced Degrees Entrance Exam GRE


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th January 15th No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE, MAT, PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 2.5
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE or MAT
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.5
Additional Entrance Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 15
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 8.37%
Black or African American 10.46%
White or Caucasian 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.21%
Asian 1.88%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2.93%
Unknown 2.3%


Male (26%)
Female (73%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 47
Part-time - 81
Male (62)
Female (66)


Focus of faculty research: Gifted education, curriculum and instruction, technology and education, leadership, classroom assessment
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA  23187-8795
United States
Contact Dr. Spencer G. Niles
Phone: 757-221-2317

William & Mary