Wurzweiler Combines Social Work and Education in New Master’s Degrees

Two new master’s degree programs in special education at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work combine a compassionate approach to human welfare with a strong pedagogical foundation for teachers instructing students with varied abilities and special needs.

One program will cover teaching students with disabilities from birth to grade 2; the second, grades 1—6. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts and be prepared for their initial certification exam as well as their certification in special education.

Each program will focus on developing the skills to teach children who require specialized support. The curriculum includes courses in childhood development, pedagogical practice, differentiated instruction and inclusive practices.

“These culturally-sensitive programs are rooted in the values of social justice and equity and will provide opportunities for students who are specifically looking to work in Jewish educational settings as well as secular environments,” said Dr. Joan Rosenberg, founding director of the program.

“As with all Wurzweiler programs, students receive extensive support from faculty, academic advisers and student teaching supervisors as well as from their cooperating teachers with whom they work very closely,” she explained.

The programs are open to individuals just entering the field as well as experienced teachers who want to become certified to teach special education.

Dr. Danielle Wozniak, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, is especially excited to offer existing teachers the opportunity to advance their careers in education as well as improve their earning potential.

Dean Wozniak added, “The program’s first cohort is expected to be as diverse and eager to learn as the groups of students they will educate. Wurzweiler students will understand that the process of learning to be a teacher is never finished. Our graduates will become reflective life-long learners.”

To learn more, visit www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/special-education

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