College of Education and Rehabilitation

Department of Blindness and Low Vision Programs

Curriculum Overview

Our mission is to increase the quantity and improve the quality of professionals who provide services to individuals with visual impairment and assume roles of leadership in education and rehabilitation worldwide.

Our programs prepare a variety of professionals to work with people who are visually impaired and include:

Our students may earn a Master’s degree in one area and additional certificate(s) in one or more other disciplines

All programs, with the exception of the full-time Master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility, are now available through distance education. All distance education Master’s degree require an on campus residency in the summer to facilitate hands on experiences and simulation work wearing low-vision simulators or blindfolds. In addition, there are O&M, Low Vision, and Education programs being offered in hybrid formats with distance education coursework and face-to-face classes on weekends during the academic year and summers on-site in many states. States with which the University has contracts vary. Presently our online and face-to-face hybrid programs exist in Maryland, Ohio, Indiana and Oregon.

Our programs encompass a rich mixture of online, face-to-face, clinical, research, case study and field-based learning geared toward meeting professional preparation needs in the field of vision impairment. In addition, the department offers many professional development opportunities in the form of continuing education courses and programs.

Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation is also the home of the National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI), a national collaborative model of 14 Carnegie Research University Institutions granting doctoral degrees with an emphasis in special education for children who are blind or visually impaired. The collaborative model also includes 15 national blindness and higher education organizations. The NCLVI offers an added value enrichment program and financially supports doctoral students through tuition and stipends made possible through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.