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Master of Education - Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Program

North Carolina Central University offers a program of study in teaching students with visual impairments.  For students who already have a teaching license, they can complete a Master’s of Education (MEd) program with additional licensure 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 admitted to the TVI program are part of a fall cohort they continue with through their courses.  The TVI program includes face-to-face instruction on specific weekends in the fall, spring, or anytime during 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 TVI in school districts, schools for the blind, or other service providers.

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

  • Functional Vision Assessments and Learning Media Assessments
  • Individualized Education Programs
  • Sensory development and motor skills
  • Social skills and Self-determination
  • Visual Efficiency skills and Compensatory Skills
  • Braille (UEB) or other literacy medium
  • Assistive technology
  Plan of Study
Year 1  
Fall EDEC 5501 - Intro to VI
  EDEC 5502 - Intro to Braille
Spring EDGR 5910 - Statistics Applied to Ed Measure
  EDEC 5634 - Cultural and Legal Foundations
Summer EDEC 5601 - Structure and Function of the Eye
  EDEC 5603 - O&M for the Classroom Teacher
Year 2  
Fall EDEC 5504 - Specialized Braille Codes
  EDEC 5631 - Assessment and Planning for VI
Spring EDEC 5602 - Teaching Braille and Communication
  EDEC 5604 - Problems, Methods, and Materials 
Summer EDEC 5508 - Technology for the Visually Impaired
Year 3  
Fall EDGR 5920 - Procedures in Educational Research 
  EDEC 5610 - Psychosocial Implications
Spring EDEC 5513 - Advanced Seminar in VI
  EDEC 5512 - Advanced Seminar in VI/MI and DB
Year 4  
Fall EDEC 5696 - Practicum
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