This unique program is structured with a specialized visual impairment course offered each fall and spring and two courses each summer across a two and a half year period. It provides a small, supportive learning community.
Upon completion of courses in the visual impairment core, your elective courses will afford you the opportunity to focus on a supporting area of special education such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Mild/Moderate Disabilities, just to name a few.
Student teaching is individualized and these experiences can be embedded throughout the students' program.
Requirements for the Teaching Endorsement:
||Foundations of Visual Impairment: Programs & Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments
|| 3 |
||Introduction to Eye Anatomy of Students with Visual Impairments
|| 3 |
||Braille Codes and Material Adaptations for Students with Visual Impairments
|| 3 |
||Intermediate Braille Codes and Instructional Material Adaptations for Students with Visual Impairments
||Instructional Methods for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments
|| 3 |
||Applied Technology Methods for Students with Visual Impairments
||Applied Instructional Methods to Teach Students with Visual Impairments
|| 2 |
||Orientation and Mobility Skills for Students with Visual Impairments
||Specialized Instruction for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
||Student Teaching: Exceptional Learners - Visual Impairments
|Supporting courses in Special Education selected in consultation with your advisor
|Total hours required for the teaching endorsement
Requirements for the Master's Degree:
In addition to the 33 credit hours indicated above, students seeking a master's degree will need to choose one of the following courses for an additional 3 credit hours:
||Foundations of Educational Research
|| 3 |
||Applications of Selected Advanced Statistics
|| 3 |
||Correlational and Experimental Methods in Educational Research
|| 3 |
||Survey Methods in Educational Research
|| 3 |
||Qualitative Approaches to Educational Research
|| 3 |
|Total hours required for the Master's Degree
*Not currently available as an online course.
Foundations of Visual Impairments
Prereq: Admission to visually impaired program; hold or concurrently earn subject/field endorsement
Current educational programs and services for children with visual impairments, as well as children with multiple disabilities.
History of educational services, developmental characteristics, psycho-social aspects, history of legislation, and grade I Braille.
Introduction to Eye Anatomy of Students with...
Introduction to Eye Anatomy of Students with Visual Impairments
Prereq: SPED *846 or permission
Structure and function of the visual system, conditions that effect visual ability, and the functional and environmental implications of low vision. Strategies for enhancing visual ability in children with visual impairments and children who have additional disabilities.
Braille Codes and Material Adaptations for...
Braille Codes and Material Adaptations for Students with Visual Impairments
Prereq: SPED *846 and *847, or permission
Basic skills in literary Braille transcription and codes. Acquire competence in reading and writing Braille and using the Perkins braillewriter and slate/stylus.
Intermediate Braille Codes and Instructional...
Intermediate Braille Codes and Instructional Material Adaptations for Students with Visual Impairments
Prereq: SPED *846, *847, and *849
Advanced skills in Nemeth (mathematics code) and/or Literary code. Basic activities in braille formatting, foreign language, music and identification of braille technology devices and resources.
Instructional Methods for Teachers of Students...
Instructional Methods for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments
Prereq: SPED *846, *847, *849, and *851
Methods and materials for educating children who are totally blind or have low vision, including students with multiple
impairments. Practical skills in selecting, designing, and/or modifying materials for content area subjects: mathematics, science,
social studies, creative arts, foreign language, and other subjects.
Applied Technology Methods for Students with...
Applied Technology Methods for Students with Visual Impairments
Prereq: SPED *846 and *847, or equivalents
Theory and skill development in the selection and use of technology for students with visual impairments. Technology assessments, data collection, equipment feature, source of equipment, funding sources, writing technology instructional plans, and demonstration of using various equipment and technology.
Applied Instructional Methods to Teach Students...
Applied Instructional Methods to Teach Students with Visual Impairments
Prereq: SPED *846, *847, *849, *851, and *852; or equivalents
Practice using appropriate instructional methods and materials for educating the blind and low vision child.
Orientation & Mobility Skills for Students...
Orientation & Mobility Skills for Students with Visual Impairments
Prereq: SPED *846, *847, *849, *851, and *852
Theory and applied practice in basic orientation and mobility techniques for use with students with visual impairments. Practical methods for work in concept development, orientation skills, travel skills and techniques, personal safety and independent travel. Needs of specific populations such as people with low vision and individuals with additional disabilities. Vision simulators and occluders. An introduction to the history and development of the profession.
Specialized Instruction for Students with Severe...
Specialized Instruction for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
Lec 3. Prereq: SPED *881 for the Severely/Multihandicapped endorsement program or SPED *862 for Preschool Handicapped
endorsement program; and permission. Majors in severe disabilities must parallel with SPED 896P (1 cr).
SPED *882 requires observations in schools and applied assignments.
Selection, design, and implementation of best practice instruction for students with severe disabilities, multiple disabilities, or
Student Teaching: Exceptional Learners
Prereq: Permission Laboratory and teaching experience in visual impairments.
Foundations of Educational Research
Prereq: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent or parallel EDPS 859. Purposes and characteristics of research process, selection of research problems in education and social sciences, critical review of published research, research ethics and institutional review, sampling methods, threats to validity in research.
Computation and interpretation of measures of central position, variability and correlation; introduction to sampling, probability, and tests of significance.
Applications of Selected Advanced Statistics
Prereq: EDPS 859
Variety of parametric and nonparametric analyses, including analysis of variance (completely randomized design and various factorial designs), regression analysis, analysis of covariance, full model stepwise multiple regression, chi square Mann-Whitney U, and Wilcoxon test. Understanding and application of these analyses. Appropriate mainframe and microcomputer statistical packages utilized to assist in the numerical analysis of data.
Survey Methods in Educational Research
Prereq: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent; EDPS *800 or equivalent
Principles and applications of survey research. Use of appropriate sampling techniques and applications of survey methods to the study of relative incidence, distribution, and interrelations of educational, sociological, and psychological variables.
Qualitative Approaches to Educational Research
Prereq: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent; EDPS *800 or equivalent. Uses of qualitative research methods in education. The theoretical premises of research using qualitative methods and the application of this information through critique and planning research. Qualitative methods for data collection.