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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Making minor adjustments to the classroom, providing aids and monitoring progress are simple ways to teach a visually impaired child so they succeed in a regular classroom. Allowing them to use all of their senses and build on their strengths will help to avoid discouragement and academic struggles.

This 17-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in teaching students with visual impairments. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Special Education in Virginia. At least eight of the following 17 credits must be applied only to this minor and may not be used to fulfill requirements of the student’s major, concentration, an undergraduate certificate, or another minor.

Undergraduate Minor: Visual Impairment and Blindness Degree Requirements

Total: 17 credits

Suggested additional courses:

Students may request permission to take additional Special Education graduate courses for undergraduate credit or for reserve graduate credit. Students who wish to complete more than 17 credits of coursework in Visual Impairments as part of their undergraduate program should contact an advisor to discuss the option that best meets the needs of their educational and career goals.

Tuition Assistance and Grant Funding

Visual Impairments Consortium: The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Visual Impairments is made up of six universities: George Mason University, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Its primary goal is to prepare teachers to be highly skilled at working with students with visual impairment and blindness. Classes will be offered through video conferencing equipment to establish real-time, interactive, multipoint instruction among the six universities. The consortium is supported by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education. Every semester, a limited number of tuition stipends are awarded to qualified applicants.