The School of Education is welcoming 186 new graduate students from a pool of 527 applicants into programs in teacher education, counseling, school psychology, and administration. The new education students bring with them a diverse wealth of professional and life experience. Among the new students are a former architect who will now pursue a doctorate in counseling, a person who served with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps who will now pursue a doctorate in gifted education and a former legislative liaison who worked on policies about the future of K-12 and higher education. Now pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum Leadership another new student from the Caribbean spent 10 years in Europe with her husband’s military career and has a multi-cultural background that is helpful for remedial reading teaching and in volunteer work.
Committed to providing a global learning community, one student comes from Iran and four from China. Students are coming from 16 states other than Virginia.
The School of Education welcomes its second cohort with 16 students to its newest program, the Executive Ed.D. In all, forty-one of the new students are in doctoral programs.
Students of color make up 17.1 percent of the new group. The average undergraduate GPA of the new students is 3.4, and the average graduate GPA is 3.85. Fifty-three of the new students earned their undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. From Art and Biology to Theatre and Zoology, the new graduate students represent a wide array of majors and concentrations from their undergraduate work.