Andrea Parrish

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Special Education

Andrea Parrish

It was a difficult decision for Andrea Parrish to leave her job as a special education teacher and administrator, but she knew a leadership role in higher education would give her a wider circle of influence in the field. Today, she advises Towson University’s graduate students in special education and enjoys the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

“The teachers we train have so much energy and excitement, and my own work is about developing skills to help those teachers get even better at what they do,” says Parrish. “As faculty, we push ourselves and our students to be better teachers.”

We are a large institution with lots of program options, but are a close-knit faculty and we are invested in our students. We are prepared to work with a diverse student group and offer flexible program options that focus on initial licensure in special education.”

Andrea Parrish

Parrish attests that the Towson University special education program is among the best in the region. “We are a large institution with lots of program options, but are a close-knit faculty and we are invested in our students. We are prepared to work with a diverse student group and offer flexible program options that focus on initial licensure in special education.”

Parrish finds herself in a unique role as teacher/adviser as well as an alumni of Towson University’s doctoral program in instructional technology. “More and more students have access to technology in the school setting, and that is dramatically changing instruction and what teachers need to be successful at in the classroom,” says Parrish, who recently coordinated a national panel of experts to develop competencies that guide the preparation of future teachers. “It is important to me that research addresses issues facing today’s teachers, and my collaborative projects here with TU colleagues gives me the opportunity to do that type of work.”

As a faculty member, a mother, and a former TU student, Parrish feels she can offer students meaningful and authentic suggestions about balancing life and school. “I can show them it is possible to balance their personal and professional lives because they will have the support of many Towson University faculty who are committed to their success.”