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General (K-12) Administration

The General Education Administration doctoral concentration is designed to develop educational leaders who can communicate effectively with their publics in speech and writing; have command of and are contributors to the body of knowledge reflective of research and theory in the field; possess the skills and knowledge to make effective decisions, to manage organizations, and to motivate and lead people so that institutional and personal goals are met. Graduates are prepared intellectually, personally, and professionally to provide service to diverse communities through skillful leadership.

The Ed.D./Ph.D. programs provide initial preparation and continuing education for those who wish to serve in leadership positions in PK-12 educational programs. Students who wish to earn K-12 supervisory licensure while pursuing the doctorate should inform their advisors upon enrollment to ensure appropriate program planning. Through the rich sets of experiences provided in the William and Mary Educational Leadership Program, students leave well-prepared to offer dynamic and constructive leadership to meet the challenges facing education in the 21st century.

  • Ph.D. Degree - Primary Career Intention: Scholarly practice, research, and/or teaching at university, college, institute, or educational agency.
  • Executive Ed.D. Program - offers an alternative to the traditional delivery model for the doctorate degree without sacrificing the quality historically associated with William & Mary.  Courses are taught primarily by regular School of Education faculty members, in a format that better meets the needs of working practitioners. This format allows students to earn their Ed.D. degree in less than three years!