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Become a Student's Power to Transform with an M.Ed. in Counseling


The Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling from William & Mary prepares its graduates to become effective leaders and positive community contributors with the appropriate qualities for counseling positions in elementary, middle and high schools. Our comprehensive and well-balanced program challenges students to consider both the developmental needs of primary school-aged children and also the best mechanisms of support for children dealing with developmental challenges.

Help students maximize their ability to learn, engage with peers and navigate the early life decisions that will come their way. In the Online M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling, you will work your way through structured challenges, collaborative coursework and a focused, 100-hour practicum,* all emphasizing the complete mental, emotional and physical development of children of all ages.

From the time you begin your first class to the final days of your practicum and internship, you can complete the entire online program in as few as three years. By the time you graduate, you will have a well-curated portfolio of research and professional reviews and the invaluable experience gained through a 600-hour internship.

As a general rule, students are not allowed to complete their practicum and internship placements at their current place of employment (for both school counseling and clinical mental health) to avoid any conflicts of interest.

*In addition to the hours conducted in the field site placement, students will have additional synchronous supervision and course requirements.

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The Difference of a "Public Ivy"
The Difference of a "Public Ivy"
The Difference of a "Public Ivy"

Build Key Competencies, Foster Greater Change

William & Mary's online school counseling program is designed to mirror our on-ground program almost exactly. The difference? Your access to a dynamic virtual learning platform and digital dashboard, both of which will help direct your coursework efforts and ensure that you remain on track with the development of key competencies, including:

  • Program planning
  • Development of learning styles
  • Implementation of evaluation practices

At the same time, your work will teach you to critically evaluate comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling programs. This ability, and the insight gained through evaluation of other programs, will help you understand how you'd like to shape your own approach and thus foster targeted change in those you work with.

The Online Experience

Fully Accredited to Facilitate Your Success
The Online M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Additionally, our program curriculum adheres to the rigorous standards set by the National Standards for School Counselors as part of the American School Counselors Association (ASCA).
Get Ready for Licensure
Licensing requirements for school counselors can vary depending on the state in which you work and the age group you are counseling. Fortunately, because our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), graduates of our Online M.Ed. in School Counseling may apply for licensure as needed.
Preparing You for the Challenges Ahead
For those who are called to serve others and who endeavor to make a positive impact on society, school counseling is a deeply satisfying role. Experiential learning courses and lengthy internships are designed to test your personal resolve and help develop your professional problem-solving capabilities. Nonetheless, at William & Mary, your success is our goal, and we are proud to offer targeted student support services that will help see you through to graduation.

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Important Dates for Counseling

Priority Application Deadline
October 8
Spring 2022 Term
Application Deadline
December 3
Spring 2022 Term
Next Start
January 10
Spring 2022 Term

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