Thomas Reynolds Center Graduate Assistants participate in an innovative and unique opportunity that allows them to gain hands-on teaching experience, stay current in the field and use technology within their lessons all while completing their Master's Degree in Special Education. Thomas Reynolds Center Graduate Assistants enter the job market with the credentials, experience, and confidence that make employers take notice!
Now Accepting Graduate Assistant Applications
Graduate Assistant Opportunities
As a graduate student enrolled in Daemen’s Masters in Special Education program, students have the opportunity to apply and interview for a graduate assistant position within the Thomas Reynolds Center. The Center is a unique and competitive program that allows graduate students the opportunity to gain paid, hands-on teaching experience while pursuing their Master's Degree. As a graduate assistant, you will get the experience and credentials you need to set yourself apart from the competition.
- Graduate with a Masters Degree in Special Education: Childhood Education 1-6 in as little as 3 semesters (if course prerequisites are met)
- Receive a partial tuition scholarship
- Participate in a paid teaching experience working with students with learning differences in an academic after-school program
- Use Smartboard technologies and IPADS in all lessons
- Attend professional development trainings in ELA, Math, Diverse Learners, Technology, Executive Function, and Behavior Management
- Create an online portfolio
- Plan and implement Common Core standards-based lesson plans
- Participate in scholarly research
- View printable information sheet
The Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs’ mission statement is to effectively prepare teacher candidates to teach research-based learning strategies that assist students with disabilities in mastering academic content within the Common Core standards.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Thomas Reynolds Center is a Graduate Assistantship for students enrolled in Daemen’s Masters in Special Education program. Graduate Students are hired as Graduate Assistants and work part time at the Thomas Reynolds Center while completing course requirements to receive a Masters in Special Education degree. Graduate Assistants receive a paid hands-on teaching experience in an after-school setting working with students with learning differences. Graduate Assistants receive direct instruction from Master Teachers in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and diverse learners.
Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.
Chair of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
Graduate Assistant Profiles
1) Why did you choose Daemen's Masters program and the Thomas Reynolds Center graduate assistantship?
I chose Daemen’s Masters program because of the small campus environment. In this environment I am able to build more personal relationships with my professors because of their ability to devote more time and attention to a smaller group of students. In addition, I chose to become a graduate assistant at the Thomas Reynolds Center because of the incredible experience it has provided me to set up and manage my own classroom of students. This graduate assistantship not only allows me to gain experience, but provides me with the opportunity to apply what I learn in my graduate classes directly to my classroom of third grade students.
2) Would you recommend Daemen's Masters program and the Thomas Reynolds Center graduate assistantships to other students?
I would 100% recommend Daemen’s Masters program and the Thomas Reynolds Center graduate assistantship to other students. Daemen College is the only school in New York that provides graduate students with the opportunity to set up and manage their own classroom of students while attending graduate school. As a graduate assistant, you have the opportunity to collaborate with other graduate students, as well as, Daemen College professors, and staff members who are professionals in the field. Working with these professionals gives you the opportunity to establish effective teaching techniques and strategies that work best in the classroom.
3) How is the Thomas Reynolds Center preparing you for your teaching career?
The Thomas Reynolds Center is preparing me for my teaching career by providing on-going professional development trainings called Academy Coordinator meetings. These meetings are facilitated by Daemen College professors who provide us with teaching strategies to use with our students. In addition, I am becoming more prepared than ever by managing my own classroom of five 3rd grade students. As a teacher in my own classroom I have the opportunity to create my own classroom from start to finish. I created my own classroom theme, classroom management plans, and develop lesson plans in Math and ELA for each day. These are some of the things that only first year teachers have the opportunity to do, but I am doing it as a graduate student.