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Below is a listing of programs that provide training to professionals in visual impairments. This Directory includes colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that offer courses in education and rehabilitation of people who are visually impaired, Deafblind, or have multiple disabilities.

The programs are listed alphabetically, by country, state and province, and include the following information as appropriate for each program. (For screen reader users - countries are heading 1, state and province are heading 2, universities are heading 3)

This directory is available as a Word or PDF document

Areas(s) of study

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Visually Impaired
  • Deafblind
  • Rehabilitation Teaching
  • Rehabilitation Education
  • Travel Instruction

Degree level(s)

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure-only
  • Graduate – Master's level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level

Instructional option(s)

  • Summer
  • Academic
  • Distance Education

*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.
All of the programs listed here may not necessarily have met the university guidelines established by AER divisions.
The contents in this directory are subject to change at any time.

 


Australia

Flinders University

GPO Box 2100
Adelaide 5001
South Australia

Contact: Dr. Carolyn Palmer
Phone: +61 8  8 201 3379
Fax:      61 8 8 201 3184
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Multiple Disability
  • Visually Impaired
  • Deafblind
  • Rehabilitation Teaching
  • Graduate – Certificate
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Summer
  • Academic Year
  • Distance Education (Flexible Delivery: ITV, Internet)

URL: http://www.flinders.edu.au/

* Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial ad Master of Education (Special Education) in which they can take all topics in areas relating to Studies in Vision Impairment (1&2), Orientation and Mobility, Braille, Counseling. A practicum is also an option, and topics in hearing impairment are also available online.
NOTES: Students can undertake a graduate certificate in education (Vision Impairment)


University of Newcastle/Renwick Center

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Private Bag 29
Parrmatta NSW 2124
Australia

VI Contact: Dr. Michael Steer [Not clear information is correct… have sent clarifying email]
Phone: 61 2 9872 0814 or
Phone: 61 2 9873 1614
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 215-780-1357

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Multiple impairments
  • Visually impaired
  • Travel instruction
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via other methods or a combination of methods
  • Summer
  • Academic year

URL: http://www.ridbc.org.au/renwick/courses/postgraduate.asp


Canada

British Columbia

The University of British Columbia

Scarfe 2311
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Contact: Dr. Cay Holbrook
Phone: 604-822-2235
Fax: 604-822-3302
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visual Impairments
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Distance education via the Internet

Note: Graduate Programs in Visual Impairment, it is formally called a Master’s in Special Education with emphasis on Visual Impairment. It is designed for teachers of students with VI.
Note: Students spend the summer at UBC and complete the remainder of the course via the Internet.
URL: http://www.ecps.educ.ubc.ca/visual/courses_ma.htm

Nova Scotia

Mount Saint Vincent University

University Mount Saint Vincent
166 Bedford Hwy
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2J6

Contact: Dr. Frederick French
Phone: 902-457-6186
Fax: 902-457-4911
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact: Faith Roach, Graduate Students
Phone: 902-457-6341
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visual Impairments
  • Graduate level – Masters
  • Distance learning via on-site in summers with combination of internet, correspondence, video tape, and teleconferencing during the academic year.

URL: http://www.msvu.ca/en/home/default.aspx

Ontario

Mohawk College

11 Elgin St.
Brantford, ON N3T 5V2

Contact: Dr. Mary-Maureen Snook-Hill
Phone: 519-758-6029
Fax: 519-758-6043
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Graduate level*
  • Academic Year

*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, and other financial aid.

URL: http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/Schools/healthSciences.html


University of Western Ontario

Continuing Teacher Education
Faculty of Education
1137 Western Road
London, ON N6G 1G7

Contact: Claire Organ
Phone: 519-661-2092
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually Impaired
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Distance learning via Internet

Note: Three courses leading to specialist qualifications:

  • Teaching students who are blind, Part 1, 2, Specialist

These Additional Qualifications (A.Q.) courses for teachers are available online. Details are available in the calendar at the website indicated below.

URL: http://www.edu.uwo.ca/conted/aq/subject/blind.asp


New Zealand

Massey University

School of Health Sciences
Rehabilitation Studies Programme
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North
New Zealand

Rehabilitation Contact: Dr Gretchen Good
Phone: +64-6-356-9099
Fax: +64-6-350-5668
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Orientation and mobility
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Graduate – Postgraduate Diploma
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Academic year

URL: http://www.massey.ac.nz


United States

Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Visual Impairments Program
Department of Special Education
Education Building Room 2321
Birmingham, AL 35294

Contact: Dr. Mary-Jean Sanspree
Phone: 205-934-3440 or 975-5351
Fax: 205-934-6722
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact: Ms. Carol Allison
Phone: 205-975-5481
Fax: 205-975-7581
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Multiple disability*
  • Visually impaired*
  • Deafblind*
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via combination of methods

Note: * Financial aid available only to Alabama residents. Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.
URL: http://www.ed.uab.edu/specialeducation/index.htm

Arizona

University of Arizona

Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Education Building, Room 412
PO Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721

Contact: Dr. Jane Erin
Phone: 520-621-0945
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • (post-masters)
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Summer
  • Academic year

Note: * Financial aid will depend on status of grants. Contact the University for more, current information. Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.
Note: This program has been reviewed and approved by Division 17, the Professional Preparation Division of AERBVI.
URL: http://www.uacoe.arizona.edu/vi/


Arkansas

University of Arkansas – Little Rock

College of Education
Teacher Education Department (TED)
Dept of Counseling, Adult & Rehabilitation Education (CARE)
2801 S. University
Little Rock, AR 72204

Teacher Education Department (TED)
VI Contact: Dr. Angela Sewall, Dean
Phone: 501-683-7088
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dept of Counseling, Adult & Rehabilitation Education (CARE)
O&M Contact: Dr. William Jacobson
Phone: 501-569-8505
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rehabilitation Counseling Contact: Dr. Larry Dickerson
Phone: 501-569-3428
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rehabilitation Teaching Contact:
Dr. Pat Bussen Smith
Phone: 501-569-3169
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually Impaired
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Distance education
  • Graduate - certification/licensure only
  • Graduate - master's level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year

Weblinks:
URL: http://ualr.edu/ma/rhblr/
RT URL: http://ualr.edu/ma/rhblr/
O&M URL: http://ualr.edu/ma/RHBLO/
RC URL: http://ualr.edu/ma/COUN/
TVI URL: http://ualr.edu/coe/


California

California State University - Los Angeles

Division of Special Education
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

TVI Contact: Dr. Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, Ph. D.
Phone: 323-343-4411
Email:

O&M Contact: Dr. Diane Fazzi, Ph. D, COMS
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OR
Ms. Brenda Naimy, COMS
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Multiple impairments*
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via the internet
  • Distance learning via face-to-face

URL: www.calstatela.edu/academic/ccoe/
*Financial aid is available through the CSULA financial office. Also, students may apply for federal grant funding through OSEP when available.

San Diego State University

Department of Communication Disorders
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1518

Contact: Dr. Kathee Christensen, Coordinator
Phone: 619-594-6137
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Deafblind*
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only

URL: www.sdsu.edu
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

San Francisco State University

Department of Special Education
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

O&M Contact: Dr. Sandra Rosen
Phone: 415-338-1245
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VI Contact: Dr. Amanda Lueck
Phone: 415-338-1080
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Distance learning options for VI Program
  • Summer
  • Academic year

VI:. http://online.sfsu.edu/~amandal/viwelcome.htm
O&M: http://online.sfsu.edu/~mobility/
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.
Note: Stipends are offered to students in both credential and master’s programs.


Colorado

University of Northern Colorado

Division of Special Education
501 20 Street
Greeley, CO 80639

VI and O&M Contact: Dr. Silvea Correa-Torres
Phone: 970-351-1651
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VI and O&M Contact: Dr. Paula Conroy
Phone: 970-351-1651
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via internet

URL: www.unco.edu/cebs/sped/prospective/Vision/index.html


Florida

Florida State University

2205L Stone Bldg.
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4459

VI Contact: Dr. Sandra Lewis
Phone: 850-644-8407
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Multiply impaired*
  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Undergraduate (VI only, no longer O&M)*
  • Graduate – Master’s level with or without certification*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via outreach at St. Petersburg College, Largo, FL, Miami, FL and in Atlanta, GA.

URL: www.careersinblindness.com


Illinois

Illinois State University

Low Vision and Blindness Program
Department of Special Education
Campus Box 5910
Normal, IL 61790-5910

VI Contact: Dr. Chris Clark
Phone: 309-438-8957
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VI Contact: Dr. Stacy Kelly
Phone: (309) 438-8986
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Academic year

URL: http://www.specialeducation.ilstu.edu/undergrad/vision.shtml
Note: This program has been reviewed and approved by NCATE.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

Northern Illinois University

Dept of Teaching and Learning (TLRN)
Dekalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-8459
Fax: 815-753-8594

VI & RT Contact: Dr. Gaylen Kapperman Phone: 815-753-8453
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VI & O&M Contact: Jodi Sticken
Phone: 815-753-8456
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Summer* (O&M only for already certified TVIs)
  • Academic year*

URL: www.vision.niu.edu
Note: This program has been reviews and approved by Division 17, the Professional Preparation Division of AERBVI and NCATE.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Indiana

Ball State University/Indiana State University

Collaborative Program
Project Vision – Blumberg Center
Bayh College of Education, University Hall 009W
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

VI Contact: Sharon Bryan
Phone 800-622-3035
Fax: 812-237-8089
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Licensure only
  • Distance Education (with, at least, one face-to-face weekend seminar and one face-to-face class per semester).

URL: www.indstate.edu/blumberg/pv/distanceeducation.htm
*Some financial support is available (textbooks, lodging for weekend seminars) for Indiana residents who are currently teaching on emergency permits in the field of blind/low vision.
Note: Applicants must already hold or be eligible for an Indiana teaching license in Mild Interventions. Applicants apply and go through the program as members of a cohort. Priority for acceptance into a cohort is given to individuals currently teaching on an emergency permit in the field of blind/low vision.


Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Department of Special Education
Schindler Education Bldg R158
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Contact: Sunggye Hong
Phone: 319-273-7954
Fax: 319-273-7852
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Summer Courses
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via interactive video
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via combination

URL: www.uni.edu/majors/coe/speced/index.shtml
Note: Distance learning via interactive video is limited to Iowa residents.


Kentucky

University of Louisville

Teacher Preparation (Visual Impairments)
Department of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development
Louisville, KY 40292

VI Contact: Dr. William Penrod
Phone: 502-852-0557
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via the internet
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via other methods, or a combination of methods

URL: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/med-spe.html


Louisiana

University of New Orleans

Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services
Lakefront Education Bldg, Rm. 246
New Orleans, LA 70148

Contact: Dr. Randall Scott
Phone: 504-280-6609
Fax: 504-280-5588
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via internet under development

URL: http://coehd.uno.edu/sehs/
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, and other financial aid.


Massachusetts

Boston College

Department of Curriculum, Administration and Special Education
Campion Hall, 211
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

Deafblind Contact: Patricia Mason
Phone: 617-552-8431
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OR
Deafblind Contact: Dr. Susan Bruce
Phone: 617-552-4239
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Deafblind
  • Multiply impaired
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year

URL: http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/
Note: This program has been reviewed and approved by NCATE.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial.

University of Massachusetts-Boston

Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education
Institute for Community Inclusion
College of Education and Human Development
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Vision Studies Contact: Laura Bozeman, Ph. D, COMS, CLVT, Assoc. Professor/Director
Phone: 617-287-4385
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TVI Contact: Marybeth Dean
Phone: 617-287-7668
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

O&M / VRT Contact: Paul Kosier
Phone: 617-287-7584
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Teacher of students with VI
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Vision rehabilitation therapy
  • Visually impaired
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Graduate – Certificate (O&M, VRT)*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via Blackboard Vista

O&M / TVI URL: http://www.nercve.org/
Rehabilitation and Counseling URL: www.umb.edu/academics/departments/gce/programs/counseling/
Note: Scholarship funds are dependent on grant funding.


Michigan

Eastern Michigan University

Dept of Special Education
128 Porter Bldg.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Contact: Dr. Alicia Li
Phone: 734-487-7120, ext 2662
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning under development

URL: www.emich.edu/coe/sped/index.html

Western Michigan University

Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5111

Blind Rehabilitation Contact:
Department Chair: James A. Leja, Ph.D.
Phone: 269-387-2645
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VI / O&M Contact: Dr. Robert Wall Emerson
Phone: 269-387-3072
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

O&M Adult Contact: Mr. David Guth
Phone: 269-387-3446
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rehabilitation Therapist: Dr. Helen Lee
Phone: 269-387-3448
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Rehabilitation Counseling: Dr. Jennipher Wiebold
Phone: 269-387-3459
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired
  • Orientation and mobility, adults and children
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Travel instruction
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via combination of methods

URL: www.wmich.edu/hhs/blvs/programs.htm
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


MINNESOTA

Southwest Missouri State University

901 South National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804

Contact: Clayton Keller
Phone: 612-638-1537
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Certification only
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure-only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning combination
  • Academic year
  • Summer

URL: http://www.mnlowincidenceprojects.org/iheresources.html
Note: This is a collaborative project with 5 university project partners. Students are enrolled in two universities: one for their core courses, and one to meet the requirements necessary for licensure as a teacher for students who are blind or visually impaired. For more information about this unique arrangement, please visit the URL above.

Missouri

Southwest Missouri State University

901 South National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804

Contact: Paul Ajuwon
Phone: 417-836-5397
Fax: 417-836-4884
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Certification only
  • Master’s degree
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning combination
  • Academic year
  • Summer

URL: http://www.missouristate.edu/assets/certification/visually_impaired.pdf
Note: This program has been reviewed and approved by the State of Missouri and NCATE, and is aligned with AERBVI and CEC standards. Tuition reimbursement is available for Missouri residents.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Nebraska

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Dept of Special Education
202G Barkley Center
Lincoln, NE 68583-0732

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Online classes in fall and spring, summers face to face

URL: www.unl.edu/barkley/sped/vi/
Note: Courses take place in Nebraska City at the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Participants attend courses for 2 summers.
* Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


New Mexico

New Mexico State University

PO Box 30001/MSC3SPE
Special Education/Communication Disorders
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Contact: Dr. Jackie Wood
Phone: 575-646-4121 OR 515-430-1314
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visual impairment*
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Certification only
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning via combination

URL: http://education.nmsu.edu/sped/index.html
Note: Financial support limited to New Mexico residents with existing teaching certification.
Note: NCATE approved. AER approval in process.
Note: Program support is provided by the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


New York

Dominican College

470 Western Hwy
Orangeburg, NY 10962

Contact: Dr. Charles Farnsworth
Phone: 845-848-4084
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via combination approaches

URL: http://dc.edu/academics.aspx?id=374
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.
*VI teacher training via distance learning requires periodic visits to campus on Sundays.

Hunter College of the City University of New York

Dept of Special Education
695 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10021

Contact: Dr. Rosanne Silberman
Phone: 212-772-4740
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact: Dr. Ellen Trief
Phone: 212-772-4110
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact: Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken
Phone: 212-772-4741
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visually impaired
  • Multiply impaired
  • Deafblind
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via internet

URL: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/school-of-education/programs/graduate/special-education/blind-visually-impaired
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlWcC6pLVtE
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

Teachers College, Columbia University

Program for Educators of Learners with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Department of Health and Behavior Studies
Teachers College
525 West 120th Street, Box 223
New York, NY 10027

Contact: Peg Cummins, Ph.D.
Phone: 212- 678-3878
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Multiple disabilities
  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via the internet
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via combination of methods

URL: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/hbs/SpecialEd/index.asp?Id=Program+Degree+Guides&Info=Blindness+and+Visual+Impairment
* Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


North Carolina

North Carolina Central University

Visual Impairment Training Program
North Carolina Central University
School of Education, H.M. Michaux Building
700 Cecil Street
Durham, NC 27707

VI and O&M Contact: Justin Kaiser, PhD, Coordinator of the Visual Impairment Training Program
Phone: 919-530-5346 (NCCU)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 919-530-5353

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Visual impairments
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Summers
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via online and other methods of instruction

URL: www.nccu.edu/soe/vitp.cfm
Note: Classes are taught on-campus at NCCU and via distance learning options.
Note: Approved by AER and accredited by NCATE.


 

North Dakota

University of North Dakota

Department of Teaching and Learning
Special Education Program
231 Centennial Drive STOP 7189
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189

Contact: Dr. Kari Chiasson
Phone: 701-777-3236
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  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Distance learning

URL: www.und.edu/dept/tl/
Note: Program begins on even-numbered years. Participants attend 2 six-week summer sessions at the university. Participants complete independent study assignments during the academic year.
Note: Financial aid is limited and is competitive.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Ohio

The Ohio State University

College of Education & Human Ecology
School of Teaching & Learning
333 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

VI Coordinator: Dr. Tiffany Wild
Phone: 614-292-4783
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  • Visual Impairment
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Graduate - Licensure only
  • Graduate - Master's level
  • Graduate - Doctoral level
  • Academic year and Summer

URL: http://ehe.osu.edu/edtl/academics/med/ for Master's program;
http://ehe.osu.edu/edtl/academics/phd/ for doctorate program (Note: Doctorate program is located in Language, Education, and Society

Note: The VI courses are online with the exception of Orientation & Mobility (T&L 685) and Student Teaching (T&L 885.52). Other courses (reading, professional education) need to be taken onsite. For the online courses, there are monthly meetings per quarter. (Note: OSU will convert to a semester system in 2012).

Note: For the past few years, financial support has been available for tuition/fee waivers for Ohio teachers, who wish to add on the VI endorsement to a current certificate. Restrictions apply. Email Dr. Tiffany Wild for details.

University of Toledo

Department of Special Education
College of Education
5024A Gillham Hall
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo, OH 43606

Contact: Dr. Sakui Malakpa
Phone: 419-530-2047
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  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*

URL: www.utoledo.edu/
Note: Distance learning options under development.
Note: Financial aid is available on a competitive basis or based on grant funds. Limited state funds are available to assist in tuition.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Oregon

Portland State University

Graduate School of Education Special Education
615 SW Harrison, Room 204 H
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Contact: Dr. Holly M. Lawson
Phone: 503-725-5495
FAX: 503-725-5599
Email:
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  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Summer*
  • Academic year*
  • Distance learning via internet*

URL: http://www.pdx.edu/sped/visually-impaired-learner-initial-license
Note: Distance learning participants attend PSU on campus for one summer and receive reminder via internet.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Pennsylvania

Kutztown University

Department of Special Education
Kutztown, PA 19530

Contact: Dr. David Ross
Phone 610-683-4290 OR 610-683-4651
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  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate*
  • Academic year

URL: www.kutztown.edu/acad/coe/spced/
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

Salus University
College of Education and Rehabilitation
Elkins Park Campus
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Department Phone: 215-780-1360

TVI Masters and Certificate Programs Contact: Dr. Brooke Smith, Director
Phone: 215-780-1501
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Low Vision Rehabilitation Masters and Certificate Programs Contact:
Dr. Duane Geruschat and Kerry Lueders, Program Co-Director
Phone: 215-780-1360
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O&M Masters and Certificate Programs Contact: Dr. Fabiana Perla, Director
Phone: 215-780-1367
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Vision Rehabilitation Teaching Masters and Certificate Programs Contact:
Lachelle Smith, Director
Phone: 215-780-1360
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National Leadership Consortium for Sensory Disabilities Contact:
Dr. Kathleen M. Huebner, Director and Associate Dean
Phone: 215-780-1361
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  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Multiply impaired*
  • Visually impaired*
  • Rehabilitation teaching*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Distance learning via the internet
  • Distance learning via combination methods
  • Summer*
  • Institute for face-to-face courses*
  • Academic year*

URL: www.salus.edu/
Note: The TVI, VRT and O&M Programs have been reviewed and approved by AERBVI. AER does not approve LVR programs. Salus University, College of Education and Rehabilitation is approved by Middle States Commission of Higher Education.
*Financial support is nearly always available through federal grants/traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

University of Pittsburgh

5148 WWPH
University of Pittsburgh
Vision Studies Program
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Program Coordinator Contact:
Dr. George Zimmerman
Phone: 412-624-7247
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  • Visually impaired*
  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year*
  • Distance learning via internet*

URL: www.education.pitt.edu/visionstudies/
*Financial support may be available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico

Rio Piedras
College of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 23304
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931

Contact: Dr. Lucy Torres
Phone: 787-763-4130 ext 7557 or 3468
Fax: 787-763-4130

  • Undergraduate
  • Visual Impairment
  • Academic year

URL:
Note: Candidates are admitted to the program only in August.
Note: Program is for certification at the elementary level only.

South Carolina

South Carolina State University

Department of Human Services
PO Box 7356
Orangeburg, SC 29117

Contact: Shirley Madison
Phone: 803-533-8600 OR 803-533-3956
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  • Orientation and mobility
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level

URL: http://www.scsu.edu/graduateprograms/rehabilitationcounseling.aspx
Note: This university program does offer general training as a rehabilitation counselor. Candidates may request vision-specific training during their internship.

University of South Carolina – Spartanburg

800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Director of USCS Graduate Programs
Contact: Dr. Tina Herzberg
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Phone: 864-503-5551

  • Visually Impaired
  • Graduate – master’s level
  • Distance learning via a combination of internet and on-site instructions

URL: http://www.uscupstate.edu/graduate/default.aspx?id=3387
Note: Program requires 2 summers in Spartanburg. The remainder is via Distance Learning Methodologies Delivery.

South Dakota

Northern State University

Department of Special Education
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SC 57401

VI Contact: Dr. Connie Geier
Phone: 605-626-2415
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  • Visually impaired
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Distance learning (under development, contact for more information)
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Master’s level

URL: www.northern.edu/Academics/Departments/Education/Special_Education/Pages/default.aspx
Note: Candidates must have, or be pursuing, an existing certificate: K-8, K-12, 7-12
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Tennessee

Peabody College – Vanderbilt University

Box 328
Nashville, TN 37203

Contact: Dr. Karen Blankenship or Dr. Debra Hatton
Phone: 615-322-2249
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  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Academic year

URL: http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/Special_Education/Special_Education_%28MEd%29/Visual_Disabilities_%28MEd%29.xml
Note: This program has been reviewed and approved by Division 17, the Professional Preparation Division of AERBVI.


Texas

Stephen F. Austin State University

Department of Human Services
Box 13019 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

VI Contact: Dixie Mercer
Phone: 936-468-1142
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O&M Contact: Barry Stafford
Phone: 936-468-5348
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  • Visually impaired
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning via other methods or a combination of methods

URL: www.sfasu.edu/education/departments/humanservices/index.asp
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.

Texas Tech University

College of Education
Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Visual
Box 41071
Lubbock, TX 79409

VI Contact: Dr. Rona Pogrund
Phone: 806-252-8026 (cell)
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O&M Contact: Dr. Amy Parker
Phone: 806-742-1997 ext. 248
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O&M Contact: Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley
Phone: 806-742-1997 ext. 247
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Deafblind Contact: Dr. Roseanne Davidson
Phone: 806-742-1997 ext. 246
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  • Visually impaired*
  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Deafblind*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via hybrid

Virginia Sowell Center URL: http://cms.educ.ttu.edu/research/sowell/default
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.


Utah

University of Utah

Department of Special Education
1705 Campus Center Drive, Room 212
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9253

Contact: Dr. Chris Bischke
Phone: 804-585-3925
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  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer*
  • Academic year*
  • Distance learning via combination of methods within state only

URL: www.ed.utah.edu/sped/
Note: This is a collaborative project between the University of Utah and Utah State University. The project is known as the Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program in Sensory Impairments.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Virginia

Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment

George Mason University
Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
4400 University Drive, MS:1F2
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

VI Contact: Holly Lawson
Phone: 703-993-5625
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  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate - certification/licensure only
  • Graduate - master's degree
  • Graduate - doctoral
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via combination of methods

URL: http://kihd.gmu.edu/teacher_prep_program/
*= Partial financial assistance is available for most qualified applicants who have been accepted into the VI Consortium as well as their participating university.


West Virginia

Marshall University

100 Angus E. Payton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600

VI Contact: Patty Myers
Phone: 304-746.8941
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  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Outreach

URL: http://marshall.edu/gsepd/special_ed.asp
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Wisconsin

Silver Lake College

Department of Special Education
2406 Alverno Rd.
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Contact: Julie Kautzer
Phone: 920-686-6190
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  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via outreach

URL: http://www.sl.edu/specialedu/visualimpairment.asp
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.