Dean of the School of Education Spencer G. Niles began his appointment as Dean for the School of Education at The College of William & Mary in July of 2013. Prior to being named Dean for the SOE, he was Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at the Pennsylvania State University. He also served as Director of the Center for the Study of Career Development and Public Policy at Penn State. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, he was a Professor at the University of Virginia for 13 years and also served as Assistant Dean for the Curry School of Education at UVA.
Dissertation The dissertation requirement is intended to prepare graduates to design, conduct and interpret research on significant educational issues and problems. All doctoral level research should enhance understanding of the educational process and/or inform educational policy and practice.
Diversity The College of William and Mary and the School of Education are committed to equality of educational opportunity and do not discriminate against students or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or handicap.
Doctoral Residency Requirement Ph.D. students must enroll in full-time course work (minimum of nine academic course hours) for two consecutive semesters during the regular academic year (fall-spring or spring-fall combination), excluding internships and doctoral dissertation credits. Ed.D. students must enroll in six semester hours of course work for two consecutive semesters (fall, spring or summer), excluding internships and dissertation credit.