Built on Innovation, Collaboration and Community Engagement
The history and academic legacy of William & Mary extends back to 1693, when the institution began as a flourishing grammar school that also offered undergraduate and advanced study courses. Our founders had a vision to solve complex educational problems through innovative and participatory teaching, and we continue their efforts today with a mission to transform the world and individual communities through research and education. Building on these ideas, our university grew steadily into the beacon of excellence in liberal arts education and professional studies for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students that it is today.
Driven by Diversity
We are quick to embrace the idea of diversity. Each of our students is a unique learner called to our programs by fiercely personal convictions and distinct aspirations regarding who they will serve, where and why. Who can know what diverse groups they will encounter and support in their professional endeavors? Fortunately, our faculty and staff also represent an incredible diversity of experience. They are equipped to help students understand not only themselves but others and serve all people with equal commitment and compassion.
Our collective experience, along with an acknowledgement of interconnectedness among all people, continuously fosters this belief in diversity. This idea also extends into the unique values we have long upheld at the W&M School of Education, including:
- Innovative teaching and learning
- Influential research
- Community engagement
- Cultural competence and diversity
- Positive climate
- Clear and supportive organizational structures
These same values are also directly reflected in the Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling, which is built on a comprehensive curriculum that champions cultural responsiveness, the preservation of diversity and the advancement of social justice across all demographics.
We Are a Yellow Ribbon School
William & Mary proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is designed to provide additional financial assistance beyond the in-state tuition rate covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you are an out-of-state student who also qualifies 100 percent through the GI Bill, you may be eligible. View our financial aid page for more information.
Interested in providing mental health services to those who have served? Learn more about our Military and Veterans Counseling specialization.
A Reputation Reinforced by Accreditation
The W&M School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and each of our professional education programs is nationally recognized and accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. Additionally, our Online M.Ed. in Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and prepares students to apply for professional licensure or endorsement in their field.