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This 21-hour specialization program is open to the graduate student who already holds a valid teaching certificate and seeks to become a teacher of students with visual impairments.

Texas law permits students to begin working as a teacher of students with visual impairments under emergency certification after successful completion of the braille and eye anatomy courses. A field experience course is offered every fall and spring to students who have successfully completed the coursework and are regularly providing services to students who are blind or visually impaired.

The Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments certification preparation program can also be taken as part of the Master of Education in special education program with a visual impairments concentration.

TSVI Certification Only

Course and NumberCourse Description
SPED 5315Foundations of Visual Impairment
SPED 5316Structure & Function of the Visual System
SPED 5317Communication Skills for Visual Impairment
SPED 5318Basic Concepts of Orientation and Mobility
SPED 5351Working with Academic Students Who Have Visual Impairments
SPED 5352Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Visual and Multiple Impairments
SPED 5158Practicum in Special Education/Visual Impairment

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Mailing Address:
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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962