Master of Education (MEd) degree in Blindness and Visual Impairment and Certificate program for Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)
These teacher preparation programs are competency-based and offer coursework and practical experiences that develop the knowledge and skills required for the instruction of infants, children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, and those with multiple disabilities.
Students successfully completing their program are prepared for certification by the state credentialing body in Pennsylvania. The master’s degree program offers students the possibility of reciprocity of certification in other states. Both programs are offered for part- and full-time study, with coursework primarily online during the fall and spring terms, a four-week summer residency on campus for two summers, and an internship.
Misson: To develop and offer graduate education programs preparing highly qualified professionals to support children with visual impairment, including multiple disabilities, by creating an interprofessional environment of educators committed to lifelong learning, critical thinking, and dedication to the individuals and communities they serve.
The Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments program has received Approved Certification Program status by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), 333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126, 717-783-6788. PDE evaluates program providers in a seven-year cycle as mandated by 22 Pa. Code § 49.13(d) to provide all stakeholders in the Commonwealth with assurance of program quality and professional educator competency.