The School Psychology and Counseling programs at William & Mary prepare highly qualified professionals to practice in the public schools or in related educational and mental health settings. The benefits of these programs include small class sizes, approachable professors, a collegial atmosphere and a focus on practical experiences.
Growing up isn't always easy. All children and adolescents face problems from time to time and some struggle to overcome serious problems. School psychologists are there to help. They work in school settings and interact with many different people to provide children with the resources they need to face challenges and to succeed. For example, school psychologists work with children to help them develop anger management skills, they collaborate with educators to establish school-based family resource centers, they evaluate the effectiveness of after-school programs, they facilitate parent support groups, and they assess the brain functioning of students with dyslexia. The School Psychology Program at William & Mary is an innovative 3-year program in which students begin working within schools during their first semester. Students build close, collaborative relationships with the School Psychology faculty members and with a group of highly skilled clinical faculty members who work as school psychologists in area school divisions as they tackle real-world issues. At W&M, school psychology graduate students don’t wait until after graduation to start making a real difference in children’s lives.
Counselors help their clients by facilitating personal and interpersonal growth across the lifespan with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, developmental, and mental health concerns. Through the integration of theory, research and practice, and with sensitivity to multicultural concerns, they help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress, and resolve crises. Counselors can work in a variety of settings, including school systems, community agencies, college counseling centers, private practice, and private nonprofit organizations. At William & Mary, we offer a CACREP-accredited master’s degree (M.Ed.) in Counseling in the areas of School Counseling; Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (with an Addictions Specialty option). An online option is available for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. We also offer a doctoral degree in Counselor Education (Ph.D.).
At the master’s level, students can, in two years, complete all coursework and internship experiences necessary for certification and licensure in their specialty. At the doctoral level, graduates are trained to assume clinical leadership or counselor education faculty positions. The program is nationally recognized for a highly collaborative and interactive learning environment, mentoring from faculty who are active scholars and leaders, and an ongoing history of academic excellence.