The need for culturally responsive and inclusive teachers to support diverse learners has never been greater. William & Mary's department of Curriculum & Instruction prepares tomorrow's educational leaders to explore and apply equitable teaching practices.
Our programs combine investigation and application of critical educational research on best practices for serving students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, students from low-income communities, and students with exceptionalities. Coursework in our programs is closely aligned with supervised practicum and clinical experiences in local schools with experienced mentor teachers.
The School of Education provides teacher education certification programs for those who wish to:
- teach in elementary schools (grades PK-6)
- teach in secondary schools (grades 6-12)
- teach culturally and linguistically diverse students in general, ESL and dual language classrooms
- teach students with disabilities - Special Education (grades K-12)
Designed for practicing teachers who wish to better understand how to meet the unique needs of students and spark change in their schools and organizations, our online programs in Curriculum & Instruction offer concentrations in special education and ESL/bilingual education. Choose from a 30-credit M.A.Ed. or one of our 15-credit certificate programs.
- Those who complete teacher education programs at William & Mary — at both undergraduate and graduate levels — are highly sought after by employing school districts throughout the country. The job placement rate among our teacher education graduates is nearly 100%.
- Whether you choose to stay in the classroom long term, or pursue other educational career paths, you will have countless job opportunities. Many of our alumni have used the skills and experiences gained through teaching to pursue careers in curriculum development, school leadership, and policy and advocacy work.
- Our small programs allow students to create close personal connections with our dedicated faculty members, which lead to opportunities to pursue research; engage with students, families and communities in the field; and make a difference even before graduation.
- Students build strong relationships with fellow students through our cohort model, which fosters a community of practice — a group of educators who can share resources, problem-solve, and hone their teaching craft together for years to come.