Produce More Teachers, U.Va. School Increases Enrollment And Options
15, 2000 -- Starting this academic
year, the University of Virginias Curry School of Education
will increase the number of undergraduate students accepted 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.
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, hopes to have 165 students in its 2003 class,
an increase of nearly 92 percent over the 2000 class. Next years
class will have 117 students, which represents a 36 percent increase
over the 2000 class size. The size of the 2002 class is 144 students.
areas where there is unusually high demand for teachers, such as
in special education and foreign languages, the Curry School hopes
to increase the number of students significantly. For example, 15
students in the 2000 class concentrated in special education; the
school hopes to have 30 students by 2003. Six specialized in foreign
languages this year; the school hopes to have 12 by 2003.
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 only
encouraging students in their first or second years to enter the
schools 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 bachelors
and masters degrees," said Sandra B. Cohen, director
of the schools teacher-education program.
accommodate the increased enrollment the school will add faculty,
enlarge the number of students in classes and add sections of popular
critical factor the school had to consider in increasing class size
was finding additional locations for placing student teachers. Because
students live in the Charlottesville area, they want student-teacher
placement in nearby schools. 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.
cant grow unless we change the field component of the program.
We are exploring a number of new ideas regarding student-teacher
placement," Cohen said.
in 1905, the University of Virginias Curry School of Education
is nationally recognized for its innovative degree programs and
faculty expertise. The centerpiece of the schools mission
in improving the quality of teachers in the nation is its five-year
teacher-education program that combines a strong academic focus
with professional training.
about Curry programs can be obtained by calling the schools
admissions office at (804) 924-3334 or accessing the web site, http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/curry/admin/admissions.html.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857