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Albert Yalley

M.Ed. - Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration


  • 2025, William & Mary, M.Ed. - Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration
  • 2016, University of Cape Coast, B.S. in Science Education

As a student pursuing a master's degree in Higher Education, why did you choose this field?
My decision to work in higher education was motivated by my love for learning, my desire to inspire and support others, and the opportunity for personal growth and research, the sense of community, and the potential to make a meaningful impact on society. I am deeply committed to the field of higher education and consider it a privilege to contribute to the academic and personal development of students.

What kind of educational and professional experiences did you have prior to beginning this degree? 
Prior to starting this degree, I had completed my bachelor's in science education, and was in my first year of master's in education at the University of Cape Coast. Going through these academic exercises gave me a strong foundation in the area of science, where I gained valuable skills in management through various coursework and projects. I have also worked as a teacher for the past six years, which helped me to enhance my management skills and stay current with the latest industry trends. I was an active member of professional bodies, which include the Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), where I honed my leadership, teamwork and community engagement skills. These experiences collectively gave me a solid foundation and motivation to pursue my current degree. They have also contributed to my overall growth, influencing my career goals and goals.

What do you hope to be doing after graduation? In 10 or 15 years?
My aspiration is to serve as a dean in a higher education institution, where I can provide academic leadership, promote student success, engage with the community, and contribute to the growth of and development of the institution. This role aligns with my passion for education and my desire to make a lasting impact on the academic and personal development of students.

Why did you choose to apply to William & Mary and specifically to this program? What sets this degree program apart from those offered at other colleges?
I chose William and Mary for its historical significance, exceptional faculty, research opportunities, practical experiences, interdisciplinary approach, and the commitment to inclusivity. These factors combined with the unique attributes of the higher education program, made it a perfect fit for my academic and career goals in higher education.

What has been the most influential experience you've had so far in your program?
My involvement in class activities and research projects as well as field experience has been the most influential experience in my higher education program. It provided me with skills, collaborative experiences, real-world application and a clear career direction that have shaped my academic and professional journey in a very significant way.

What do you think a prospective student should know about the School of Education and its degree programs?
The additional information I would like a prospective student to know about the School of Education is the flexibility and the professional nature of the faculty and staff, the availability of resources, the practical nature of the programs and the opportunities to obtain field experience. Vising the campus, speaking with current students and faculty, and attending informational sessions are great ways to better understand what the School of Education has to offer.
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