This will only take a moment.
Putting Social Justice at the
Heart of Counseling
This will only take a moment.
At the William & Mary School of Education, we are 100 percent committed to educating ethical, reflective and culturally responsive counselors. To that end, we emphasize social justice in counseling throughout the curricula of our Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling programs, compelling students to think critically about how they’re developing core competencies as part of their well-rounded counseling education.
Our one-of-a-kind Social Justice dashboard, which is part of our innovative online learning management system (LMS), serves as a visual guide to your journey toward becoming a professional counselor. You will utilize this online dashboard to track your development of key multicultural and social justice counseling competencies and domains, all of which are rooted in best-in-class practice and thought leadership.
Wondering how you will engage with the dashboard? Watch this video for a glimpse into what you will see when you log in to the LMS.
The Social Justice dashboard speaks to five domains:
Each of these domains represents an embodiment that students must master in order to become well-rounded counselors. Though the Online M.Ed. in Counseling coursework is designed to address each of these domains, many students are drawn to or more proficient in a particular domain—and that’s okay.
We encourage students to try to improve in areas where they appear to be deficient. We also applaud students who discover a particular strength and work to reinforce their skills in that area. The dashboard tracks your competency development and updates your domain ranking based on your actions.
The dashboard allows you to take ownership of your online degree. By providing a clear visual of your strengths and weaknesses, you can shape your education to fit your career goals. You can seek mentorship in areas where you need help, or participate in additional out-of-class activities in areas where you thrive. So when it comes time to apply for counseling jobs, you’ll be able to succinctly articulate your strengths to potential employers.
Throughout your time in your online counseling degree program, you will visit the dashboard to do the following:
Our esteemed faculty curated five social justice principles* that every graduate of William & Mary’s counseling program should uphold:
Mapped to standards of our accrediting body, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), these principles inspire our curriculum and cement our unwavering commitment to incorporating social justice and advocacy in counseling education.
*Sources: 1. Kiselica & Robinson (2001), 2. Schwartz (1992), 3. Fraser (2009), 4. Crethar et al. (2008), 5. Freire (2004)
William & Mary is proud to train the next generation of empathetic counselors with a program that emphasizes cultural responsiveness, mastery of social justice competencies, and personal and interpersonal growth in all aspects of counseling. Our 60-credit-hour degree requires a practicum and two internships, ensuring you will graduate with the experience you need to engage and empower a diverse clientele.
Whether you are interested in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Military and Veterans Counseling or School Counseling, our programs can open the door to an incredibly rewarding career that transforms the lives of those who need it most. Are you motivated to answer your calling to help others? We offer three start dates—January, May and August—giving you the flexibility to begin the program whenever you are ready.