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The New Online M.Ed. in Counseling from William & Mary

27 Mar
William & Mary Prepares the Next Generation of Counselors With Our New Online Graduate Program

The William & Mary School of Education recently announced the launch of their new Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling program, which offers concentrations in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, the new program combines principles of counseling and psychotherapy with a professional emphasis on social justice and helps prepare students to work as licensed counselors in various settings.

“This program offers students a dynamic and well-connected educational experience,” said Dr. Charles “Rip” McAdams, professor and chair, School of Psychology and Counselor Education. “They can connect directly with their faculty and explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of counseling through diverse interactive learning environments, guided practicum courses and onsite residencies. Our faculty work one on one with every student to ensure they can become capable and mindful counselors.”

The Online M.Ed. in Counseling is a 60-credit program that can be completed in as few as three years, including the required 100-hour practicum and cumulative 600 clock hours of internship. Its curriculum emphasizes personal and interpersonal growth, cultural responsiveness and social justice and is designed to give students the foundational knowledge they may need for licensure or certification exams. In addition to online coursework and field experiences, the program also requires two three-day residencies, which are hosted at the school’s main campus in Williamsburg, Virginia, and include experiential learning activities such as roleplay and student presentations.

Program coursework, including exams and discussion boards, is delivered through an interactive learning management system (LMS) that is accessible via desktop computer, laptop or mobile device. The LMS also houses a student dashboard that maps individual courses and assignments onto important social justice-based skills.

New start dates for the Online M.Ed. in Counseling program are available in January, May and August. The next available start is Fall 2018, with classes commencing August 27; priority applications for this start date are due by May 4, and final applications are due by July 23. “Thanks to the integrated teaching methods and experiential learning opportunities delivered with this program, we now have greater ability to train impactful counselors who can guide others in managing their own well-being and effectively resolving crises,” said Dr. McAdams. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the William & Mary School of Education among the Top 75 Best Education Schools in the nation.1

About the William & Mary School of Education

The School of Education supplements its traditional commitment to undergraduate education for teachers with a wide range of graduate degree programs. In the past decade, the School of Education has become an institutional leader in advanced studies, accounting for nearly a third of the master's degrees and over half of the doctoral degrees awarded at William & Mary every year. Today, the School of Education continues to take pride in its fusion of liberal arts education and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

If you are interested in learning more about this innovative new online program and how it can help you achieve your educational and professional goals, get in touch with an Admissions Advisor today!

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