The Masters in Special Education-Visual Impairment requires:
1. Successful completion of an approved pro-gram of study providing 39 hours of graduate credit.
2. Successful completion of a case study demonstrating competency in working with individuals with visual impairment. The portfolio will be a requirement in SVIP 735: Practicum in Special Education.
For the degree, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required on the total graduate program. An accumulation of grades below B on 12 hours of graduate work attempted at the university will disqualify a student for a graduate degree.
Every candidate admitted for the degree of Master of Education in Special Education - Visual Impairment will have a faculty advisor assigned to monitor the program of study. The program is a Cohort model intended to be completed in two calendar years; however the program may be extended over four years. Embedded in degree requirements are courses required for an endorsement in vision education.
I. Research Competencies (3 credits)
SERM 700: Introduction to Research in Education (3)
II. Professional Studies (6 credits)
SLCY722: Developing Literacy from Kindergarten through Second Grade (3)
SEPS 725: Advanced Study of K-12 Curriculum (3)
III. Visual Impairment Studies (30 credits)
SVIP 610: The Nature and Needs of Learners with Visual Impairment (3)
SVIP 650: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders of the Visual System (3)
SVIP 675: Functional Low Vision Assessment and Intervention (3)
SVIP 705: Literary Braille Code (3)
SVIP 706: Advanced Braille (3)
SVIP 712: Assistive and Instructional Technology for Learners with Visual Impairment (3)
SVIP 717: Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairment (3)
SVIP 724: Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities (3)
SVIP 730: Assessment and Educational Methods for Learners with Visual Impairment (3)
SVIP 735: Practicum in Special Education-Visual Impairment (3)
Suggested Sequence of Coursework
Summer Session I
SVIP 610 Nature and Needs of Learners with Visual Impairment
SVIP 717 Orientation and Mobility
Summer Session II
SVIP 650 Anatomy Physiology and Disorders of the Visual System
SVIP 675 Functional Low Vision Assessment and Intervention
SVIP 705 Literary Braille Code
SVIP 706 Advanced Braille (includes Nemeth Code)
SERM 700 Intro to Research in Education
Summer Session I
SVIP 712 Assistive and Instructional Technology
SVIP 730 Assessment and Educational Methods
SVIP 724 Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities
SEPS 725 Advanced Study of K-12 Curriculum
SVIP 735 Practicum in Visual Impairment
SLCY 722 Developing Literacy (PreK-Grade 2)
*Although you may obtain your M. Ed. in two years, you have six years to complete your degree.