8: Curry School of Graduate Education

General Information | Categories of Graduate Degree Status and Program/Degree Requirements
Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Degree Programs | Areas of Graduate Study | Facilities and Services | Physical Education Facilities
Communication Disorders Facilities | Student Organizations
Academic Honors, Scholarships, and Honor Societies | General Academic Requirements
Other Requirements | Special Tuition and Fee Information | Summer Session

Facilities and Services

Ruffner Hall   The majority of academic facilities and offices of the Curry School of Education are located in Ruffner Hall. This facility provides laboratory space for studies in science education, media production, counselor education, computer utilization in education, reading, educational psychology, and educational research. A well-equipped behavioral study area enables students and faculty to carry on advanced-level clinical observation and research, and a number of flexible meeting areas provide a supportive environment for studies in education.

Ruffner Hall houses centers that provide services to the community, the state, and the nation, while providing students and faculty with instructional and research opportunities. Included are the following:

The Educational Technology Center   provides students and faculty with excellent opportunities for both instruction and research. In addition to audio-visual equipment, the center houses an Audio-Visual Production Lab, both a video filming studio and a video production facility, the Special Technology Laboratory, the Apple Lab, and the interactive IBM Microcomputer Classroom.

The Education Library   contains 150,000-volumes of current educational materials, a file of over 400,000 ERIC microfiche titles. The library supports the academic needs of the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Curry School of Education and provides periodicals, microfilms, books,and reserve materials required for class reading. Optical disc (CD-ROM) data base systems provide access to materials from throughout the world. Retrospective research materials in education are located in Alderman Library.

The McGuffey Reading Center   functions as a laboratory for the study of the reading process by furthering clinical and empirical research in developmental reading and preparing graduate students to serve as reading-language specialists. It also provides a remedial center for children with reading disabilities.

The Evaluation Research Center   delivers quality program evaluation services to local, state, and federal programs; conducts research on program evaluation; and trains program evaluators through a field-based program.

The Center for the Study of Higher Education   fosters informed and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of higher education as a resource for scholars and practitioners. It offers degree programs, seminars, short institutes and workshops, as well as research reports and occasional papers which provide administrators and other educational leaders with fresh perspectives on developments in the area of post-secondary education.

The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.   The mission of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) is to produce and disseminate high quality, practical research studies relating to the identification and development of the talent of students. The research of the Center has ranged from investigations of means to encourage talent in young, at-risk students, to the social and emotional development of gifted students, to investigating the feasibility of high-end learning in middle schools. There are currently five faculty and ten graduate students working on projects of the NRC/GT.

The Virginia Center for Educational Policy Studies   provides analysis and assistance to policymakers and educators whose judgment and choices among competing policy alternatives determine the quality of education in the nation. As a politically independent and academically interdisciplinary agency, the Virginia Center for Educational Policy Studies offers policy studies, policy discussions, and policy publications.

The Center for Clinical Psychology Services is a non-profit clinic which provides psychological and educational services to the public, and serves as an in-house training facility for graduate students of the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology and other areas within the Curry School. The Center offers three basic categories of services: assessment/diagnosis, psychotherapy, and consultation.

The Center for Personal and Career Development is operated by the Department of Human Services. It trains counselors and provides counseling in career decision-making, interpersonal relationships, coping with adult life transitions and personal growth for adults in the community.

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