Williamsburg, VA
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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.


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.


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

Location & Contact

School of Education

The College of William and Mary

PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

Dr. Spencer Niles


Phone: 757-221-2317
Email: sgniles@wm.edu

Ms. Dorothy Osborne

Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Student Services

Phone: 757-221-2317
Email: dsosbo@wm.edu

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Education Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed)
      Master of Education (M Ed)
      Specialist in Education (Ed S)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 129
    • Doctoral Degrees 33
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 6
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • 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 Project
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Internship


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 538
    • Accepted 341
    • Acceptance Rate 63
    • Enrolled 242
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, MAT, PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators, minimum GPA of 2.5
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE or MAT, minimum GPA of 3.5
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students412
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students412
    • Part-time Percentage47%
    • Full-time Percentage53%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian71%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown or International Student5%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty134
    • Full-time Percentage40%
    • Part-time Percentage60%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGifted education, curriculum and instruction, technology and education, leadership, classroom assessment
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$6,795,721



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