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Program Overview and Introduction to William and Mary

Large enough for excellence--small enough for community. The School of Education at the College of William and Mary 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 and 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 re-entering the paid work force, and recent recipients of bachelor's or master's degrees preparing for advanced positions in the field of education.

Campus Setting/Surrounding Area

Founded in 1693, William and 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 web site 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 student daily, despite the rumor that it's haunted. Students at William and 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 and Mary students have the run of the place during less humid months.

Faculty

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, 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, gifted 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 and 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.

Rankings

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 (formerly National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)). 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 and 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 and 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 the College of William and 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 (ESL) certification

- Special Education

- K-12 Administration

- Higher Education Administration

- Gifted Administration

- Curriculum and Learning Design

- School Psychology

- School Counseling

- Clinical Mental Health Counseling

- Addictions Counseling

- Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling

- Doctoral programs in K-12 Administration

- Doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration

- Teacher preparation

- Teacher certification

Departments & Programs

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

Master's Degrees 129
Doctoral Degrees 33
Other Advanced Degrees 6

Earning Your Degree

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

Degree Requirements

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

538
Applied
341
Accepted
242
Enrolled
63%

Applying

50
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
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

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
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

412
Total Graduate Students
46%
International Breakout (representing other countries)
53%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8.01%
Black or African American 11.65%
White or Caucasian 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 1.7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 3.64%
Unknown 2.18%

Gender

Male (28%)
Female (71%)

Faculty

134
Total faculty
Full-time (54)
Part-time (80)
Male (63)
Female (71)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Gifted education, curriculum and instruction, technology and education, leadership, classroom assessment
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
6,795,721

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA  23187-8795
United States
Contact Dr. Spencer G. Niles
Dean
Email: sgniles@wm.edu
Phone: 757-221-2317

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