Teacher of the Visually Impaired Licensure Program

The School of Education is no longer accepting admission into this licensure program.

The Teacher of the Visually Impaired Licensure program will prepare you with knowledge and experience in braille, orientation, mobility, methods, and strategies.

This 24-credit certification program holds classes in a hybrid online format with some courses being taught on-site at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Janesville, WI.

Licensure

Upon successful completion of all courses, graduate level practicum/internship, approved licensure portfolio; and qualifying scores on the Wisconsin Braille Competency Exam (sections 1 and 2), the Praxis Subject Assessment (Praxis II) middle school content, and the Foundations of Reading Test, you will be recommended to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for an Early Childhood-Adolescence Visually Impairments (1825) license.

Developed in accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines and the Council for Exceptional Children standards.

prerequisites

Prior to taking courses for this licensure, you must enroll as a graduate student with the School of Graduate Studies. To be considered for the Teacher of the Visually Impaired license you must provide:

  1. Written verification of a minimum of three years of experience in PreK-12 Teaching or Pupil Services (school counseling, school social work, or school psychologist with evidence of 540 hours of classroom teaching experience) and evidence of eligibility for the respective Department of Public Instruction license.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from administrators stating their association with you, your competency in standards, and commitment to the educational enterprise.
  3. A copy of your current teaching license.

If you do not already hold a master's degree you must obtain one before you graduate in order to obtain your license.

Required Core Courses

The following are 4-week module courses held on site during the second summer session (June 19-July 14, 2017) at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Janesville, WI.

TEACHING 7730 Braille Code and Communication I
TEACHING 7740 Principles of Orientation, Mobility and Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments

The following are courses taught in an online format:

TEACHING 7720 Introduction to Visual Impairment
TEACHING 7750 Methods and Issues of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
TEACHING 7760 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye and Implications of Low Vision
TEACHING 7770 Braille Code and Communication II
TEACHING 7880 Graduate Practicum in Teaching (Field Experience and Practicum Assessment)

You can view all of the teaching courses available for the Teacher of the Visually Impaired license and Master of Science in Education program.

Housing

Summer housing is available through the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Review the fees and guidelines and fill out the housing agreement and criminal background check. Contact Amanda Jordan at Amanda.jordan@wcbvi.k12.wi.us for more information or any questions you may have about your summer housing options.

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