The new Bachelor of Arts in Education allows students to focus their studies in elementary education, while taking full advantage of the COLL curriculum and supplementing their schedule with courses that interest them. Here, Kimberly Drummond ’18, M.A.Ed. ’19 teaches a class at a local elementary school during her student teaching experience. (WYDaily/Courtesy of W&M School of Education)

Starting this fall, William & Mary undergraduates will have the opportunity to pursue a standalone degree in elementary education, with optional concentrations in ESL/bilingual and special education. The new degree option was created after the 2018 Virginia General Assembly approved legislation aimed at streamlining licensure requirements and combating a statewide teacher shortage.

“There are few professions that offer as much opportunity to change lives as teaching,”

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