Teaching Students with Unique Needs
Those who want to teach are often drawn to the profession by a desire to serve and to make life better for those around them.
There are many students who face challenges as learners, whether because of learning disabilities or a language barrier or a need for special support through a gifted program. Curry is recognized as a national leader in Special Education and other programs that support students with unique needs and has a number of MT programs that will lead to initial teaching licensure enabling you to serve students with unique needs.
Teaching students with disabilities takes more than patience and understanding. It requires extraordinary knowledge about effective teaching methods and superior skills in delivering instruction. The programs in special education at Curry are designed to provide just that sort of preparation for people who want to teach students with high-incidence disabilities--learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and those on higher functioning end of intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders.
Students with high-incidence disabilities will not have a chance of catching up with their non-disabled peers unless they can learn at a faster-than-normal rate. To do so, their teachers must provide them with especially efficient instruction; their time is too precious to waste with less than optimal teaching.
Curry's Masters of Teaching (MT) program in special education prepares qualified graduates of colleges and universities throughout Virginia, the United States, and even overseas to provide the evidence-based instruction that students with disabilities require. Of particular importance, the Curry MT program in special education provides a dual endorsement in elementary education so that graduates are capable of working collaboratively--from either side of the equation--in today's inclusive environments where most students with high-incidence disabilities receive most of their schooling.
People who are drawn to teaching students with disabilities come from a diverse array of areas. As undergraduates, they may have majored in psychology, sociology, English, religious studies, or any of many other disciplines. What they learn while studying about evidence-based teaching procedures builds on the basic background knowledge they acquired during undergraduate studies. The combination of intensive classroom study and hands-on field work provided in Curry's special education MT program prepares teachers for success in helping students with high-incidence disabilities.
Students in Curry's special education program study with professors who conduct research and write books about effective special education practices. As a consequence, students learn the most up-to-date content and skills.
Graduates of Curry's combined program in special and elementary education have their pick of positions. According to data released by the Virginia Department of Education, special education positions are routinely the most highly needed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, because they have both endorsements, graduates have additional flexibility in pursuing positions.
Teaching licensure programs are determined by the Commonwealth, and Curry is approved to offer preparation programs in a number of endorsement areas that will put you in daily contact with students at a variety of grade levels.
In particular, we recommend you review one or more of the following Curry Master of Teaching programs:
- MT in Special Education (K-12) with dual endorsement in Elementary Education (preK-6),
- MT in Special Education (K-12) with dual endorsement in a secondary education field (6-12 or K-12)
- MT in Special Education (K-12 with dual endorsement in English as a Second Language (preK-12)
- MT in any of our programs with an add-on endorsement in English as a Second Language (preK-12)
- MT in any of our programs with an add-on endorsement in Gifted Education
Each of the program links on this webpage will lead you to more information about entrance requirements, degree and licensure expectations, as well as contact information for those who can tell you more about a specific program.