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Licensure Only - TVI Program

North Carolina Central University offers a program of study in teaching students with visual impairments as part of the Visual Impairment Training Program (VITP).  For students who already have a prior teaching license, they can pursue an add-on license as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI).  The program combines on-line and on-campus components to effectively train professionals to serve the needs of children with visual impairments.

Students are admitted to the TVI program as part of a fall cohort that they continue with through fall, spring, and summer courses.  The program also requires students to be on campus for face-to-face instruction on specific weekends through the fall and spring and other times in the summer.  As part of the TVI program, students are required to complete a 350-hour teaching practicum.  After attaining state licensure, students would be eligible for employment as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments through school districts, schools for the blind, or other service providers.

Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments are qualified to provide services related to:

  • Assessment of functional vision
  • Learning Media Assessments
  • Individualized Education Programs
  • Sensory development and motor skills
  • Social skills
  • Visual Efficiency skills
  • Compensatory Skills
  • Braille (UEB) or other literacy medium
  • Self-determination
  • Assistive technology
  Plan of Study
Year 1  
Fall EDEC 5501 - Intro to VI
  EDEC 5502 - Intro to Braille
Summer EDEC 5601 - Structure and Function of the Eye
  EDEC 5603 - O&M for the Classroom Teacher
Year 2  
Fall EDEC 5508 - Specialized Braille Codes
  EDEC 5631 - Assessment and Planning
Spring EDEC 5602 - Teaching Braille and Communication
  EDEC 5604 - Problems, Methods, and Materials
Summer EDEC 5508 - Technology for the VI
Year 3  
Fall EDEC 5696 - Practicum
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