Teacher of Visually Impaired

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Teacher of Visually Impaired

Program Description

The Teacher of Visually Impaired Program is designed to prepare teachers through instruction and practice in braille, orientation, mobility, methods, and strategies. The coursework and practicums will provide the in-depth knowledge and experiences for the teacher of the visually impaired.

Candidates for this endorsement must provide proof of eligibility to hold a teaching license. A graduate level practicum/internship and a comprehensive portfolio is required.  In addition, proof of passing the Wisconsin Braille Competency Exam (WBCE) sections one and two, Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) middle school content (5146) and the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading test (FORT) required testing requirements.

Classes are offered in hybrid or synchronous (online) format.  TCHG 7730 Braille Code and Communication 1, TCHG 7740 Principles of Orientation, Mobility and Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments and TCHG 7770 Braille Code and Communication 2 are held on-site in Janesville, WI at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.   All other classes are offered in hybrid or synchronous (online) format.  Summer housing information is available below.  Please contact Amanda Jordan (amanda.jordan@wcbvi.k12.wi.us) at the WCBVI for more information about summer housing options. 

WCBVI Housing Fees and Guidelines
WCBVI Housing Agreement
Background Form
 

Prerequisites for Enrollment

• Current teacher certification
• Cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.75
• Admitted to UW-Platteville graduate school either into the Master of Science in Education Program or to complete the endorsement

First Steps in the graduate level tvi licensure program

1. Complete graduate school application process
2. Document receipt of teaching license or completion of coursework necessary to be licensable in Wisconsin
3. Schedule an appointment with your graduate school advisor

application to the school of graduate studies

Before taking any classes, a student must enroll as a graduate student with the School of Graduate Studies. The School of Graduate Studies website provides more information. Students not enrolled in the MSE program will enroll as "Special Students" and are not eligible to earn a degree. To apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, the applicant must:

1. Submit an online application for admission through the UW System website.
2. Pay the application processing fee
3. Have an official transcript sent from the institution where the bachelor's degree was earned to:

School of Graduate Studies Office
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
106 Brigham Hall
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

For more information about registration and records contact Dee Dunbar, School of Graduate Studies, at gradstudies@uwplatt.edu or call 608.342.1322.

loan forgiveness

Residents of Wisconsin are invited to apply for partial loan forgiveness through the Higher Educational Board’s Loan Forgiveness Program.  Please contact Michele Timlin in the Financial Aid Office (timlinm@uwplatt.edu) for more information.  The loan forgiveness application is located here.

Textbooks and materials

This program requires students to purchase their own books prior to the start of class.  Textbook costs are not included in tuition and fees.

licensure

Upon completion of the program requirements, educators are eligible for the early childhood - adolescence visual impairments (1825) license in the state of Wisconsin.  Those seeking certification outside of the state of Wisconsin, should contact the destination state's Department of Public Instruction for license reciprocity.  An educator must still apply and meet all teaching certification requirements for the new state.

required Courses

TEACHING 7730 Braille Code and Communication 1 (3 cr)
(1st summer)
This course will provide basic skills in braille transcription and codes and provide resources for additional information and assistance. In addition to learning how to use braille and provide transcriptions, candidates will learn how to teach braille to individuals with low vision.
This course is a 4 week module held on-site during the second summer session (June 19 - July 14, 2017) in Janesville, WI at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

TEACHING 7740 Principles of Orientation, Mobility and Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments (3 cr)
(1st summer)
This course will provide a combined theoretical and clinical experience in principles and strategies for instructing students with visual impairments in the areas of orientation and mobility (O&M) and Assistive Technology. In the O&M portion of this course students will learn about the role and impact of Orientation and Mobility instruction on the development and quality of life of children and adults with vision impairments. Students will learn basic indoor and outdoor orientation and mobility techniques and concepts through practice under blindfold and with low vision simulators, readings and discussion. Teaching areas specific to children, such as body image, concept development, and sensory-motor skills will be addressed. The focus of the course will be on practical application in educational settings.

The Assistive Technology portion of this course will build students' knowledge in the area of blindness/low-vision assistive technology.  Students will have hands-on experience with various in-lab hardware and software to establish an overview of operating procedures and identify the specific characteristics of each of the devices.
This course is a 4 week module held on-site during the second summer session (June 19 - July 14, 2017) in Janesville, WI at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

TEACHING 7750 Methods and Issues of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (3 cr)
(1st fall)
This course is designed to examine methods and issues of teaching students with Visual Impairments. The course stresses a comprehensive understanding of the history of visual impairment teaching methods from the past to the present, including knowledge of the traditional, contemporary, and innovative methods and approaches. Practical pedagogical principles of teaching students with visual impairments will be examined in relation to language skills, language system, and related assessment implications.

TEACHING 7720 Introduction to Visual Impairment (3 cr)
(1st fall)
A study of educational services for student with visual impairments that may also include other disabilities. An emphasis is placed on the psychosocial effects and the unique learning needs of students with visual impairment. Course components allow candidates to meet some of the requirements for certification in the teaching area of visual impairment. The course is also appropriate as an elective for teachers in other areas. The course will enable the teacher to understand the impact of low vision on the individual and the classroom and provide the teacher with some strategies to create an inclusive classroom that enhances the experiences and learning of the child with low vision.

TEACHING 7760 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye and Implications of Low Vision (3 cr)
(1st spring)
This course provides the medical and educational implications of visual impairments including the anatomy and physiology of the eye, impact of lighting, and environmental adaptations for students. The ophthalmological, functional and low vision examinations and results will be reviewed in scenarios including reading and interpreting medical reports with the ability to convey to others, and to design appropriate educational and environmental adaptations.

TEACHING 7880 Graduate Practicum in Teaching:  Field Experience (1-8 cr)
(1st spring)
Provides a designed clinical teaching assignment for (1) graduate students meeting license requirements through an internship, or (2) qualified educators who want to meet a professional development need through a graduate residency. P: consent of the Director of the School of Education.

TEACHING 7770 Braille Code and Communication 2 (3 cr)
(2nd summer)
This course will provide intermediate skills in braille transcription and codes and provide resources for additional information and assistance. In addition to learning how to use braille and provide transcriptions, candidates will learn how to teach braille to individuals with low vision. The purpose of the course and subsequent courses is to prepare the candidate to be certified as a teacher of braille.


TEACHING 7880 Graduate Practicum in Teaching:  Practicum Assessment (1-8 cr)
(2nd fall)
Provides a designed clinical teaching assignment for (1) graduate students meeting license requirements through an internship, or (2) qualified educators who want to meet a professional development need through a graduate residency. P: consent of the Director of the School of Education.

*An additional six to nine credits would earn a master's degree.

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