Ability of completers to be hired

(In positions for which they have prepared)

Measure Four (Initial and Advanced)

100% of program completers for W&M initial and advanced programs meet licensure standards for Virginia and are eligible to apply for licensure.  All advanced and initial programs are currently approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia for licensure purpose, and initial program graduates and Reading Specialist graduates must pass licensure examinations to graduate.  Therefore, students in our initial programs, School Psychology, and Reading Specialist programs can be hired upon graduation in positions requiring those licenses.

Advanced program graduates in the School Counseling and K12 Administration program are not mandated to take and pass licensure examinations.  For School Counseling licensure in Virginia, candidate completion of the CACREP approved program allows students to be eligible for licensure and therefore employment as a school counselor upon graduation.  For the K12 Administration program, students must take and pass the SLLA examination to be eligible for licensure beyond central office.  For those K12 Administration students that take the SLLA, we have a 100% pass rate.

The Commonwealth of Virginia does not provide sufficient data on program graduates to determine employment directly.  In previous years, we have used the Virginia Licensure records to determine which students were employed in Virginia divisions, however, the data supplied by the Commonwealth for the 2020-2021 academic year was missing many students, and only encompassed one year of graduates.  To understand the employment of our graduates we obtained a list of graduates by program and conducted a search of public records to determine if our completers were employed in the field for which they had been prepared.  We searched both school sites and social media sites to determine where the completer was employed, and if they were employed in the field that the W&M School of Education prepared them for.  Those completers who we could not find, or those who were not employed in the field for which they were prepared, were not counted in this census.

These numbers represent the percentage of students from the graduating class of the indicated year who are currently employed as of March 2022 in the field for which they prepared.  The columns marked NA had no graduates for that particular year.  These numbers are subject to some limitations.  Because we relied on publicly available records to determine employment, we cannot be 100% certain the individuals for which we obtained employment information are our graduates.  In addition, we may not have been able to account for the employment of all graduates, particularly those who went to work for private schools or those who choose not to have a social media profile.

Licensure Area

Program

2019

2020

2021

Biology

Initial

100.0%

0.0%

N/A

Elementary

Initial

62.1%

65.4%

30.4%

English

Initial

58.3%

40.0%

50.0%

ESL

Initial

100.0%

50.0%

66.7%

K-12 Admin

Advanced – K12 Admin

0.0%

50.0%

82.1%

Math

Initial

0.0%

100.0%

83.3%

Reading Specialist

Advanced – Reading Specialist

50.0%

76.0%

N/A

School Counselor

Advanced – School Counselor

90.9%

50.0%

80.0%

School Psychologist

Advanced – School Psychologist

42.9%

71.4%

90.9%

Science

Initial

75.0%

60.0%

62.5%

Social Studies

Initial

70.0%

80.0%

57.1%

Special Education

Initial

50.0%

75.0%

60.0%

In addition to examining the actual employment rates of our completers, we also examined the number of completers applying for Virginia licensure upon graduation.  This table represents the percentage of students who we recommended for licensure in Virginia versus students who graduated from each program for each year.  These percentages do not include information for K12 Administration graduates, as the school divisions in Virginia are responsible for their licensure.  This chart also does not include information regarding those students who chose to be licensed outside of Virginia.

Licensure Area

Program

2019

2020

2021

Elementary

Initial

96.15%

100.00%

61.54%

Social Studies

Initial

61.54%

100.00%

60.00%

School Psychology

Advanced - School Psychology

71.43%

57.00%

81.82%

ESL

Initial

50.00%

85.71%

75.00%

English

Initial

100.00%

100.00%

60.00%

Math

Initial

100.00%

66.00%

100.00%

Science

Initial

77.78%

100.00%

100.00%

Special Education

Initial

75.00%

75.00%

80.00%

School Counseling

Advanced - School Counseling

90.91%

100.00%

36.36%