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M.A.T. Visual Impairment

Program Requirements: 50 Hours

Gateway 1: Admission to the Program (15 hours)

Requirements: Permanent initial licensure in elementary education or completion of prerequisite competencies OR 2.7 or above GPA, Praxis I, GRE, Interview, and Essay.

Prerequisite courses:

  • EDGR 5125 - Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDGR 5400 - Philosophical, Legal & Cultural Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDIT 5855 - Advanced Technology for Education or
    EDEC 5679 - Adaptive Technologies for Special Populations or
    EDU 4300 - Computer Utilization
  • EDCI 5221 - Instructional Programs in Mathematics (3)
  • EDEC 5620 - Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)

Gateway 2: General Curriculum Competencies (Initial Licensure Requirements 18 hours) Prerequisite for all classes EDEC 5620

  • EDEC 5621 - Classroom Management (3)
  • EDEC 5671 - Assessment in Special Education (3)
  • EDEC 5622 - Teaching Students with Special Needs in Elementary School (3)
  • EDEC 5623 - Teaching Adolescents with Special Needs (3)
  • EDEC 5624 - Seminar in IEP Collaborative Planning with Parents and Professionals (2)
  • EDEC 5628 - Instructional Reading Strategies for Exceptional Children (3)
    All students requesting initial licensure at this point in their program must complete EDEC 5690, Initial Practicum in Special Education (3)

Gateway 3: Advanced Curriculum Competencies (12 hours)

  • EDGR 5915 - Statistics Applied to Educational Measurement or
    EDGR 5910 (3)
  • EDGR 5925 - Applied Research Techniques or
    EDGR 5920 (3)
  • EDEC 5635 - Current Research and Leadership Issues in Special Education (3)
  • EDEC 5695 - Professional Practicum (3) Permission of advisor required.
    Prerequisite is two years of successful teaching in special education or EDEC 5690

Specialty Areas Visual Impairment (20 hours)

Visual Impairment

  • EDEC 5501 - Introduction to Visual Impairment (3)
  • EDEC 5601 - Structure and Function of the Eye (3)
  • EDEC 5603 - Orientation & Mobility for Classroom Teachers (3)
  • EDEC 5604 - Problems, Methods and Materials/Visually Impaired Learner (3)
  • EDEC 5502 - Introduction to Braille Code (1)
  • EDEC 5503 - Specialized Braille Code (1)
  • EDEC 5602 - Teaching Braille and Communication Skills (3)
  • EDEC 5613 - Advanced Seminar in Visual Impairment (3)

Graduation Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Portfolio Review

Contact Information

  • Special Education Department (919) 530-7291
    Visual Impairment Coordinator: Dr. Beth Harris, (919) 530-5346