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 Masters 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.

IMPORTANT: New students enrolling in the Masters in Special Education program are eligible for a fifty (50)% discount against the full tuition rate.

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

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
Earn $11/hour teaching students with special needs in an academic after-school program
Use Smartboard technologies and IPADS in all lessons
Attend professional development trainings in ELA, Math, Diverse Learners, Technology, and Behavior Management
Create an online portfolio
Plan and implement Common Core standards-based lesson plans
Participate in scholarly research

Mission Statement 

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.

2017-2018 School Year 

For the 15th consecutive year, the Thomas Reynolds Center continues to provide academic assistance in an after-school environment to elementary school students with disabilities who attend partner schools.  For the 2017-2018 academic school year, The Thomas Reynolds Center will partner with Amherst Central School District (specifically students attending Windermere and Smallwood Elementary). The after-school program runs from Monday, October 16, 2017 through Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Participating student receive instruction in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics and student empowerment. Participating students also receive small group homework help with the goal of teaching students skills working towards becoming independent.

The Thomas Reynolds Center Partnership 

Amherst Central School District (specifically Smallwood Elementary and Windermere Blvd.)


What is the Thomas Reynolds Center Program?

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, receiving an hourly wage, at the Thomas Reynolds Center while completing course requirements to receive a Masters in Special Education degree. Graduate Assistants receive hands-on teaching experience in an after-school setting working with students with learning disabilities. Graduate Assistants receive direct instruction from Master Teachers in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and diverse learners.

What schools does the Thomas Reynolds Center partner with? 

Amherst Central School District (specifically Windermere Blvd. and Smallwood Elementary)

When does the after-school program take place? 

The after-school program for the 2017-2018 school year begins on Monday, October 16, 2017 and ends on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  Students from the Amherst Central School District receive academic services at the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education building located on Daemen’s campus Mondays through Thursdays.

Where can I get an application for a graduate assistant position?

Click here to upload an application.

Who can I contact to get more information about the Thomas Reynolds Center? 

Lisa Waterrose, Director