Fostering Success for Those Called to Serve

Because the Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling from William & Mary is an entry-level degree for the profession, we accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including those who have no prior experience in counseling. We believe the calling to serve others as a professional counselor is one rooted in selflessness and a desire to help others live their best life, so we welcome anyone who pursues that calling earnestly and provide multiple resources to foster their success.

When you are accepted into our Online M.Ed. in Counseling program, you will gain access to a dedicated Student Success Coordinator—your point person for all concerns, questions and guidance—as well as a full complement of program resources, both on campus and online. In addition, you will benefit from individualized support from our Clinical Experience Director, who will guide you through the process of identifying and selecting practicum and internship sites.

Your Journey Begins on the Ground

For students of the Online M.Ed. in Counseling program, residencies are an engaging opportunity to meet faculty and cohort peers, explore the exquisite William & Mary campus and its traditions, network with remarkable professionals from your field of interest and participate in experiential learning activities that can heighten your understanding of key counseling principles. These events are also a critical part of overall student success as they immerse you in industry-related workshops and set your initial expectations for course deliverables.

Virtual Classroom Support

  • Orientation: Before diving into your first counseling class, you will participate in a virtual orientation program that will set you up for success within the program framework and online learning management system (LMS). During your orientation program, you will meet faculty, explore available methods for online interaction and complete a series of exercises designed to help familiarize you with the program, the LMS and the core competencies dashboard. Completion of this course is required but also incredibly beneficial for the whole of your online W&M experience.
  • 24/7 IT Support: It is our standard that every student in the Online M.Ed. in Counseling program enjoys a flawless virtual experience. However, in the event that you encounter obstacles within the LMS or while utilizing your dashboard, our technology support team is available to you 24/7 by phone, chat or email. This highly responsive team can help you navigate any issues that may arise and ensure you stay on track for timely classroom participation.
Impactful Counseling Stems from Dynamic Learning
The online iteration of our highly regarded graduate counseling curriculum leverages collaborative coursework, one-on-one mentorships, experiential learning opportunities and a core competencies dashboard to prepare students for future work as professional counselors. Throughout the Online M.Ed. in Counseling program, you will measure your efforts against critical skills in social justice and cultural responsiveness and continuously reflect on the evolution of your own professional comportment.
Financial Aid Options for Your Online Counseling Degree
Your investment in the lives of others begins with an investment in personal and professional preparation. While W&M prides itself on offering an Ivy League-level education for a more accessible public school cost, we understand that you may still need assistance in financing your degree. Take a moment to learn more about the cost of our Online M.Ed. in Counseling program, and explore your options for financing and tuition assistance.

Curious About the Admissions Process?
As your excitement builds around the possibility of a future in counseling, we know you will have questions, too. Do I meet all the requirements? What if I have trouble with the online application? How soon will I be notified of an admissions decision? Our W&M School of Education staff and faculty have anticipated these questions and more, and have prepared the answers you need. Still have questions? Contact an admissions outreach advisor for more information.

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