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Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education - Visual Impairment

The South Carolina Vision Education Partnership
USC Upstate- SCSDB
The University of South Carolina Upstate
The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Vision Education Partnership between the University of South Carolina Upstate and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, designed to prepare teachers of children and youth who have blindness or visual impairment (VI), is the only VI program in the state.

Reasons for Earning a Master of Education in Special Education Vision Impairment
  • Of the approximately 1280 children and youth from birth to age 21 with VI, only 680 are served by appropriately certified teachers.
  • Of the 85 teachers currently certified in visual impairment, 48% plan to retire in the next seven years.
  • Thirty-three of the school districts that enroll students with blindness or visual impairment employ no VI teachers.
  • The need for highly qualified teachers for this special population is already critical.
  • You can make a difference.

Professional development options for VI teachers Pdf download

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Graduate Tuition and Fees


Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Visual Impairment Education

Program Contacts

Tina Herzberg, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs
School of Education

Ron Fulbright, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Department of Informatics


Mary Alice Hodge, Ph.D., CNL-C, RN

Director, Graduate Program
Mary Black School of Nursing

Office of Admissions
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Toll-free: 800-277-8727
Phone: 864-503-5246

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.