Visual Impairments Licensure
The program provides strategies and tools that help students with visual impairments learn about the world, perform everyday activities, and participate in the general curriculum and other activities in school.
Visual Impairments Graduate Certificate with MEd Option
This certificate offers the required coursework for Virginia PK-12 teacher licensure in Teaching Students with Visual Impairments.
- EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education (3 credit hours) (Program pre-requisite)
- EDAT 522: Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 511: Characteristics of Students with Visual Impairments (2 credit hours)
- EDSE 512: Braille Code (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 513: Medical and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 514: Orientation and Mobility for Students with Visual Impairments (2 credit hours)
- EDSE 518: Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 532: Positive Behavior Supports (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 613: Teaching Methods for Students with Visual Impairments (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 616: Braille Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 663: Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 785: Internship: Visual Impairment (2 - 6 credit hours) (Must complete six credits of internship)
Total: 34 credits
Students who are completing the Master's in Special Education in conjunction with their licensure program will need to complete the following courses to meet the MEd course requirements. Click here for a chart showing overlap in coursework of the licensure certificate and MEd.
- EDSE 503: Language Development and Reading (3 credits)
- EDSE 517: Computer Applications for Special Populations (3 credits)
- EDSE 590: Special Education Research (3 credits)
Coursework is offered primarily online with a face-to-face weekend for hands-on training in orientation and mobility.
Visual Impairments Consortium: The Virginia Consortium prepares teachers to be highly skilled at working with students with visual impairment and blindness. 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.
Graduate Research Assistantships: Part time positions are available for students interested in providing research support to faculty.
The Visual Impairments coursework offers background knowledge in teaching students with visual impairments. Completing undergraduate credits partially fulfills requirements for teacher licensure in Virginia. Students can complete a minor in Visual Impairments, start their graduate program as a student in the Accelerated Master’s program, or just take a few classes to begin to explore Visual Impairments as a career option.
- EDAT 422: Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments (3 credits)
- EDSE 401: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
- EDSE 411: Characteristics of Students with Visual Impairments (2 credits)
- EDSE 412: Braille Code (3 credits)
- EDSE 418: Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments (3 credits)
- EDSE 432: Positive Behavior Supports (3 credits)
Total: 17 credits
Students may request permission to take additional Special Education graduate courses for undergraduate credit or for reserve graduate credit.
Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame. The Accelerated Master’s program allows students to apply six credits, taken while an undergraduate, toward both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Additionally, students can take an additional six credits as reserve graduate credit in order to start their MEd program with twelve graduate credits already completed.