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Empower others to build a more extraordinary future and contribute to positive social progress with a Master of Education in Counseling.

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Shaping Impactful Counselors with a Dynamic Online Learning Experience

The faculty and leaders of our Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling program cherish the idea of community and believe firmly in preparing future counselors to be mindful of cultural diversity and champions of social justice. Their hope is that every graduate of the online counseling programs will embody these characteristics and implement them in every aspect of their future work.

To aid in this endeavor, they designed an online student experience that would invite participants from across the nation to collaborate with their instructors—and each other—and engage in an immersive learning experience that aligns coursework with personal and professional objectives.

A Dashboard for Diversity

Within the learning management system, where coursework, exams and discussion boards are all hosted, students will have access to a core competencies dashboard, which outlines important social justice-based skills that should be acquired during the Online M.Ed. in Counseling program. Each of these skills is mapped back to a specific course or set of assignments and is accompanied by insight into how students can further enhance and refine their capabilities.

As students move through the program, they are encouraged to track their individual accomplishments against the core competencies and self-evaluate whether they have understood and internalized the specific skill or skills they were expected to develop.

Measuring Progress Through Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is an important tool in counseling, and it is one that we leverage throughout the Online M.Ed. in Counseling program. As students explore core competencies and social justice-based skills throughout the program, they will also reflect on how their identity as both an individual and a counselor has evolved in response to specific assignments. Each of these guided reflections will be retained as coursework and, during final program evaluations, will serve as a way to measure student progress and preparedness for the counseling profession.

Your Real-World Impact Begins Online

The CACREP-accredited online counseling program from W&M prepares highly qualified professionals to work as just and effective counselors in a variety of settings, including schools, community agencies, clinical mental health centers, private practice, private nonprofit organizations and more. Whether you choose to focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling, our comprehensive program can help position you to make a lasting impact on those who need it.

Follow the Leader—And Become One Yourself

The William & Mary School of Education is honored to work with uniquely gifted and inspired faculty who represent a range of diverse experiences and demonstrate unrivaled commitment to the success of their students. Faculty for our Online M.Ed. in Counseling program are proven leaders in their respective fields, which include school and family counseling, spirituality and meditation, violence prevention and intervention, legal issues in counseling and more. Follow their lead and you may find your path to success in counseling.

Promoting Student Success

Your success as a counselor begins with your success as a student of counseling. In addition to providing a renowned curriculum and celebrated faculty, W&M is also proud to support its online counseling students with a myriad of resources available for remote access. From professional development and technology integration instruction to digital orientations and onsite residencies, we offer every opportunity for you to take full advantage of your counseling studies and build your success.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at William & Mary has supported my development as a counselor in a variety of ways. The small class size means students get to know one another as a cohort—we get to celebrate the victories and support one another through the challenges that come with learning a new skill set. Professors are invested and actively involved in our growth. It's encouraging to be part of a community that's as excited about what we're learning as I am, and I feel well-prepared to face professional life as a counselor upon my exit from this program.
Katelyn Kiley M.Ed. ‘18 Candidate

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