To produce more teachers, Curry School ups enrollment and
adds options for undergraduates
this academic year, the Curry School of Education will increase
the number of undergraduate students ac- cepted into its teacher-preparation
program. It also will make it easier for students in fields where
there is critical need for teachers to enter the program later
in their undergraduate careers.
"After talking to school superintendents about their needs,
we decided to try to double the number of students admitted into
the program," said Curry School dean David W. Breneman.
school, which graduated 86 students in its five-year teacher-preparation
program this spring, will have 117 students in next year's graduating
class and hopes the 2003 class will reach 165. In areas where
there is unusually high demand for teachers, such as in special
education and foreign languages, the school also plans to increase
the number of students significantly.
further recruit undergraduates interested in teaching in areas
where there is the greatest demand, such as mathematics, science
and foreign languages, the school, for the first time this coming
academic year, will allow students to apply to its teacher-preparation
program as late as their third year at U.Va. This is a departure
from encouraging only students in their first or second years
to enter the school's teacher-preparation program.
who apply to the Curry School at the end of their third year could
start their fourth year of the teacher-preparation program in
the fall and graduate on time in five years, earning both bachelor's
and master's degrees," said Sandra B. Cohen, director of
the school's teacher-education program.
accommodate the increased enrollment, the school will add faculty,
enlarge the number of students in classes and add sections of
factor the school had to consider in increasing class size was
finding additional locations for placing student teachers. To
handle the increasing number of student teachers, Curry administrators
will start placing students in schools in Hanover County this
fall. Placements next year may include Northern Virginia schools.
can't grow unless we change the field component of the program.
We are exploring a number of new ideas regarding student-teacher
placement," Cohen said.