Aug 12, 2022  
2021-22 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2021-22 Graduate Bulletin Archived

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Certification


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The visual impairment/orientation and mobility programs use a cohort training model. Candidates typically are admitted one time each year. Applications are accepted from September through March, and students begin their training in the first summer session. A limited number of candidates may be approved for admission out of sequence on a case-by-case basis upon review by the program faculty members. In order to be admitted to the vision impairment program, a prospective student must complete the following steps:

  • Complete an online Office of Research and Graduate Studies application through ApplyTexas indicating intention to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Complete the visual impairment/orientation and mobility program application. Admission information can be found on the James I. Perkins College of Education’s Graduate Programs: Special Education webpage.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation. One should be from a direct supervisor in the applicant’s current position.
  • Submit a three- to five-page paper distinctly describing: the applicant’s philosophy of education, understanding of the role of the teacher of the visually impaired or certified orientation and mobility specialist, and reasons for pursuing the field of visual impairment as a degree and/or career change.
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better, or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of work completed.
  • GRE is not required.

Requirements


Texas Education Agency endorsement as a teacher of students with visual impairments requires the following:

Note: In some cases, candidates may begin working as a teacher of students with visual impairments while still in the training program and while training for the TExES exams. Program support and coordination with the independent school district are required.

Advising


Additional information about the program can be found on the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments webpage.

Program applicants are encouraged to consult with an advisor in the visual impairment/orientation and mobility program as early as possible in the application process. For information or assistance, contact SFA’s visual impairment/orientation and mobility office at (936) 468-1145.

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