Shaping Impactful Counselors and Educators 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.

For the Online Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction program, faculty aim to develop educators who are transformational leaders as they instruct students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and students with disabilities. Courses in leadership, social justice and global education allow educators to advance their skills with a focus on inquiry and design for deeper learning.

To aid in these endeavors, faculty members have designed an online student experience for the respective programs 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.

An Interactive Social Justice Dashboard

Social Justice Dashboard

Within the learning management system, where coursework, exams and discussion boards are all hosted, students will have access to a one-of-a-kind Social Justice 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.

Learn from National Leaders to Create Transformative Change

Confident teacher standing in front of classroom with arms crossed

The Online M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program was built with a strong social justice foundation. Learn from faculty who are national leaders, researchers and advocates for underserved populations. Faculty apply social justice standards as a framework for analyzing real-world situations in courses that include leadership, social justice and global education that position graduates to understand political, economic and social effects of education across the world. The M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction prepares you as a global citizen who seeks to solve international and intranational challenges and inequities.

Learn the latest research and theories behind curriculum design through one of our three specializations: Special Education (K-6), Special Education (6-12) or ESL/Bilingual Education.

A Student’s Perspective

William & Mary Online M.Ed. in Counseling students Mariah Gavano and Susie Hawes share their own personal experiences as online counseling students. Watch their videos below.

The Online Experience: Master's in Counseling at W&M
The Online Experience: Master's in Counseling at W&M
The Online Experience: Master's in Counseling at W&M
The Online Experience for W&M Counseling Students
The Online Experience for W&M Counseling Students
The Online Experience for W&M Counseling Students

Meet Noelle St. Germain-Sehr, Your Clinical Experience Director
Noelle Stgermainsehr, Director

Noelle St. Germain-Sehr is your dedicated resource for clinical practicum and internship placements. In addition to helping you prepare for your placements with orientation sessions, detailed manuals and one-on-one meetings, Noelle ensures that all sites and supervisors meet program and CACREP standards. She is available by email and phone for questions or consultation at any point in the clinical experience placement process.

Noelle is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), LPC supervisor (LPCS) and national certified counselor (NCC) with more than 20 years of experience counseling individuals and groups. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

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, Military and Veterans 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.
Advocate for a More Equitable Tomorrow
Social justice is the backbone of transformative change. With coursework rooted in social justice, equity and inclusion, you’ll build expertise to be a culturally responsive teacher and advocate for every student. No matter where this degree takes you, whether you will continue to work in the classroom or step outside of it, the curriculum will provide you with the tools and insights to lead actionable change. Learn how to execute plans and adapt them to your environment.
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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