This 26-credit Graduate Certificate provides teacher candidates with the tools they need to work with students who are blind and visually impaired, including those who have multiple disabilities and diverse learner characteristics. Candidates will gain skills and knowledge to support students in a variety of settings, including general and special education, in core content, and the Expanded Core Curriculum. This concentration is designed for candidates seeking Virginia initial teacher licensure in special education blindness and visual impairments (PK-12).
Students must complete the following coursework, either prior to admission to the certificate or in conjunction with certificate coursework. A grade of B- or higher is required.
|EDSE 501||Introduction to Special Education||3|
|or EDSE 201||Introduction to Special Education|
|EDSE 503||Language Development and Reading||3|
|or EDSE 341||Language Acquisition and Reading and Writing Development|
|EDSE 511||Characteristics of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments||3|
|or EDSE 311||Characteristics of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments|
|EDSE 532||Positive Behavior Supports||3|
|or EDSE 251|
& EDSE 353
| Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports|
and Individualized Behavior Supports
|EDSE 663||Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities||3|
|or EDSE 354||Consultation and Collaboration|
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.
For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.
Total credits: 26
This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.
Students enrolled in this certificate must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.
|EDAT 522||Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments||3|
|EDSE 512||Braille Code||3|
|EDSE 513||Medical and Educational Implications of Blindness and Visual Impairments||3|
|EDSE 514||Orientation and Mobility for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments||2|
|EDSE 518||Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments||3|
|EDSE 613||Teaching Methods for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments||3|
|EDSE 616||Braille Reading and Writing||3|
|EDSE 785||Internship: Blindness and Visual Impairments (must complete six credits)||2-6|