Sean Tikkun, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Education and principal investigator on the project, called the need for qualified visual impairment teaching specialists “critical.”
NCCU’s Visual Impairment Training Program is the only one of its kind in North Carolina and the only one at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
The five-year grant will focus on early intervention efforts for infants and toddlers and as well as programs for school-age children.
NCCU offers three master’s degree concentrations in instruction of the visually impaired: the Master of Arts in Teaching, with a visual impairment focus (MAT); the Master of Education, with a visual impairment focus (M.Ed.); and the Master of Education with an orientation and mobility focus, leading to national certification as an orientation and mobility specialist (O&M).
The School of Education also has as a licensure-only program for current teachers who are seeking to qualify as a teacher of students with visual impairments.