Department of Special Education offering new master's program in low vision and blindness

Department of Special Education offering new master’s program in low vision and blindness

Two students reference their notes while practicing writing in Braille.

The Department of Special Education at Illinois State is excited to offer a master of science in education in low vision and blindness. This fully online, five-semester program will provide current teachers an opportunity to add a state of Illinois endorsement in low vision and blindness while obtaining a master’s degree.

Illinois is experiencing severe shortages in teachers licensed to teach visually impaired students, making this the perfect time to obtain this endorsement. Training includes study of specialized content such as:

  • Braille reading and writing
  • Assistive technology for individuals with visual impairments
  • Functional vision assessments
  • Learning media assessments
  • Expanded core curriculum

Licensed teachers for the visually impaired are prepared to teach students from preschool through high school in a variety of classroom settings, resource rooms, or residential settings.

Join Dr. Mindy Ely, assistant professor and program coordinator, to learn more about this program and what you can expect as a teacher of the visually impaired. Upcoming dates and registration info available, or contact Dr. Ely with questions.

The next cohort begins summer 2023 and [...]

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