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.
An Interactive 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.
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.
Learn more about how you will use the Social Justice dashboard to submit reflections and solicit feedback on your journey toward becoming a well-rounded counselor.
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.
Meet Noelle St. Germain-Sehr, Your Clinical Experience 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.
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Promoting Student 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.