LaRon Scott, Ed.D.
Assistant professor and coordinator for the general education concentration of the M.Ed. in special education
“There’s such an incredible shortage of highly-qualified special ed teachers across the country. It’s my job to change that.”
Like so many of our students, I was inspired to pursue special education by a family member with a learning disability. The more I learned, the more I found I wanted to learn. The graduate special education program at VCU was so effective in bridging classroom theory with service learning projects and real work, and the faculty offers so much expertise in so many areas, I helped create a place for myself here. Now that I direct the online program as well as teach, my focus is on making it totally accessible and 100% doable — even for those with a full-time career and a family.
About the general education concentration
The M.Ed in special education’s general education concentration:
- Provides the professional knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of settings, including general education classrooms (where children with special needs are being taught collaboratively)
- Trains graduates to help guide special education students through a variety of transitions, such as from special education classrooms to general education settings, or from high school to the workforce and independent living.
- Equips candidates with special training in reading and language, behavior management and positive social skills
- Is offered entirely online, meaning the coursework fits into your schedule — not the other way around.
- Can be completed as part of the Richmond Teacher Residency program for those interested in face-to-face programs and working in urban settings
Current M.Ed. student and early childhood special education teacher in Hanover County Public Schools
“I love that I am able to take what I am learning in my coursework and apply it directly to my teaching style and classroom environment.”
This program always encouraged me to embrace continuous learning — I’m constantly shaping how my knowledge and experience work together with a family’s needs and resources for the best possible outcome. They take you outside the classroom to learn hands-on how to establish and maintain positive, culturally-aware collaborations. Those kinds of professional development opportunities, and being able to present at a national conference, really prepared me to be the best possible teacher for my students.
About the early childhood concentration
The early childhood concentration of the M.Ed. in special education:
- Prepares students to work with young children (birth through age 5) with developmental disabilities and their families
- Qualifies students for licensure with endorsement in early childhood special education
- Follows a hybrid model, where both online discussions and face-to-face interaction with professors and peers provide opportunities for dynamic dialogues
- Is learner-centered, interactive and collaborative
- Can be completed in five to six semesters