Program added on June 1, 2021. Formerly a concentration within the Special Education Graduate Certificate. This new program has been approved with an initiation term of Fall 2021.

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).

Program added on June 1, 2021. Formerly a concentration within the Special Education Graduate Certificate. This new program has been approved with an initiation term of Fall 2021.

Policies

Students must complete EDSE 501 Introduction to Special EducationEDSE 511 Characteristics of Students with Visual ImpairmentsEDSE 532 Positive Behavior SupportsEDSE 663 Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities, either prior to admission to the certificate or in conjunction with certificate coursework. 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.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-VILI

Program added on June 1, 2021. Formerly a concentration within the Special Education Graduate Certificate. This new program has been approved with an initiation term of Fall 2021.

Certificate Requirements

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.

Coursework

EDAT 522Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments3
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 613Teaching Methods for Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 616Braille Reading and Writing3
EDSE 785Internship: Visual Impairment (must complete six credits)2-6
Total Credits26