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This certificate is designed for students seeking Virginia initial teacher licensure in visual impairments (PK–12). 

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Students must complete EDSE 501 Introduction to Special Education either prior to admission to the certificate or in their first semester. Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework in a university program prior to admission to the certificate may request that some courses be waived based on the content in prior coursework. Students waiving coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to be eligible for the certificate. 

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-VILI

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 34

Students enrolled in this certificate must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.


EDAT 522Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments3
EDSE 511Characteristics of Students with Visual Impairments2
EDSE 512Braille Code3
EDSE 513Medical and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments3
EDSE 514Orientation and Mobility for Students with Visual Impairments2
EDSE 518Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 532Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 613Teaching Methods for Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 616Braille Reading and Writing3
EDSE 663Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities3
EDSE 785Internship: Visual Impairment (must complete six credits)2-6
Total Credits34