School of Education

For the Bold: The Campaign for William & Mary will enable the School of Education to achieve its vision of solving complex educational problems. Your support energizes us to dream bigger and reach higher in the pursuit of ensuring a high-quality educational experience for each and every individual in our society. Together, we will change the world one student, one project and one innovation at a time. Join us. 

Emily Gerdelman Ridjaneck ’07
Chair, School of Education Development Board

A Letter from the Dean

At the William & Mary School of Education, bold and inventive thinking are at the heart of our work. Our faculty are partnering with school systems and working side-by-side with educators as we translate research to practice to make a real difference in the world.

Our students are embedded in schools and community agencies to gain relevant hands-on experience as they prepare to be future educators, counselors, leaders, researchers and advocates. We are the small school that thinks big. We have created a culture and framework to critically engage with the world and to ask tough questions about our roles as global educators. We continue to be a leader in nurturing students who possess the assets, fortitude and talent to be at the very forefront of transforming young lives.

Your investment in the School of Education propels our meaningful work. Through innovative and participatory teaching, scholarship and community engagement we are positioned to effectively solve complex educational problems.

Thank you for your support and dedication!

Spencer Niles
School of Education

Support the School of Education 

Scholars come to the William & Mary School of Education with a passion to transform students, schools and communities and we prepare them to do just that. Private support is critical as we strive to educate and inspire people of great promise and preserve the benefits of being a small school that thinks big. 

Patty Purish O’Neill Ph.D ’05, Director of Development



Pillar I: Where Great Minds Meet | $10.5 million 

SCHOLARSHIPS | $5 million

  • Graduate Fellowships | $5 million
    Provide competitive funding to yield the most promising graduate students who desire to study at the W&M School of Education


  • Professorships | 4 @ $1 million | $4 million
    Recruit & retain high-caliber seasoned faculty
  • Term Professorships | 6 @ $250,000 | $1.5 million
    Reward & retain high-performing, newly tenured faculty members 

Pillar II: Making the Remarkable | $13 million 


  • Center for Innovation in Learning Design | $6 million
    Funding to support a multi-disciplinary center that advances innovation across the PK-20 education arena
  • Fund for Excellence | $2.5 million Annual unrestricted expendable support
  • Clinical Faculty Program | $1.5 million Operational support
  • Innovation Funds | $1 million
    To encourage and support innovation in teaching and learning
  • Department Funds | $750,000
    Funds to support initiatives of the three academic departments
  • TeachLivE™ | $500,000 Operational support
  • Holmes Scholars Program | $500,000 Operational support
  • Student Opportunity Funds | $250,000
    Support research and professional development opportunities 

Pillar III: A Passion for Impact | $6.5 million 


  • Global Studies Initiatives | $500,000
    Support for study-abroad graduate programs


  • Center for Gifted Education | $2 million
    Operational support
  • New Horizons Family Counseling Center | $2 million
    Operational support
  • Center for Gifted Education Camp Launch | $2 million
    Operating expenses for summer program 

Fact Sheet

You can learn more about the School of Education goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.