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Marshall University

College of Education and Professional Development:  Graduate and Professional Developments Programs

100 Angus E. Payton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600

VI Contact:  Mrs. Molly Simonton, Coordinator for Teacher Certification Programs in Visual Impairments and in Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Phone: 304-746-8941

Email: 

VI Contact: Patty Myers
Phone: 304-746.8941
Email: 

  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Doctoral level
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via internet

URL:  http://www.marshall.edu/coepd/

*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment

George Mason University
Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities
4400 University Drive, MS:1F2
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

VI Contact: Kimberly Avila
Acting Coordinator
Phone: 703-993-5625
Email: 

  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate - certification/licensure only
  • Graduate - master's degree
  • Graduate - doctoral
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via combination of methods

URL: 

http://kihd.gmu.edu/vi

http://kihd.gmu.edu/teacher_prep_program/

*= Partial financial assistance is available for most qualified applicants who have been accepted into the VI Consortium as well as their participating university.

University of Utah

Department of Special Education
1721 Campus Center Drive, SAEC 2280

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9253

Contact:  Dr. Chris Bischke, Ph.D., Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program Sensory Impairments
Phone:  801-585-3925, or 801-589-2449
Email: 

  • Visually impaired
  • Deafblind (certification/licensure only)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer*
  • Academic year*
  • Distance learning via combination of methods within state only

URL: www.ed.u tah.edu/sped/
Note: This is a collaborative project between the University of Utah and Utah State University. The project is known as the Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program in Sensory Impairments.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

Stephen F. Austin State University

Department of Human Services
Box 13019 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

VI Contact: Michael Munro

Phone:  936-468-1036

Email: 

O&M Contact: Tracy Hallack

Phone:  936-468-1173

Email: 

  • Visually impaired
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning via other methods or a combination of methods

URL:  http://www2.sfasu.edu/visual-impairment/

*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.


Texas Tech University

College of Education
Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Visual
Box 41071
Lubbock, TX 79409

VI Contact: Dr. Rona Pogrund

Office Phone:  512-206-9213
Cell Phone: 806-252-8026
Email: 

O&M Contact:  Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley

Email: 

Phone: 806-834-0225

Deafblind Contact: Dr. Rona Pogrund

Office Phone:  512-206-9213
Cell Phone: 806-252-8026
Email: 

  • Visually impaired*
  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Deafblind*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via hybrid

Virginia Sowell Center URL: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/education/outreach-and-research/sowell/http://www.depts.ttu.edu/education/outreach-and-research/sowell/

Reach Across Texas and Teach information available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/education/outreach-and-research/sowell/students/cert-application.php

*Financial support is available through trainee-ships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.

Peabody College – Vanderbilt University

Program in Visual Disabilities

Department of Special Education

230 Appleton Place

Box 328
Nashville, TN 37203-5721

Contact:  Dr. Karen Blankenship or Dr. Debra Hatton
Phone: 615-322-5721
Email: 

URL: http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/sped/special_education_med/visual_disabilities/index.php

Northern State University

Department of Special Education
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SC 57401

VI Contact:  Dr. Kelly Duncan, Dean of Education
Phone: 605-626-2415

Fax:  605-626-3102
Email: 

  • Visually impaired
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Distance learning (under development, contact for more information)
  • Undergraduate*
  • Graduate – Master’s level

URL: www.northern.edu/Academics/Departments/Education/Special_Education/Pages/default.aspx
Note: Candidates must have, or be pursuing, an existing certificate: K-8, K-12, 7-12
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

South Carolina State University

Department of Human Services
PO Box 7356
Orangeburg, SC 29117

Contact: Shirley Blanding-Madison
Phone: 803-536-8600 OR 803-533-3956
Email: 

  • Orientation and mobility
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level

URL: http://www.scsu.edu/graduateprograms/rehabilitationcounseling.aspx
Note: This university program does offer general training as a rehabilitation counselor. Candidates may request vision-specific training during their internship.


University of South Carolina Upstate

800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Director of USCS Graduate Programs
Contact: Dr. Tina Herzberg

Phone: 864-503-5551
Email: 

  • Visually Impaired
  • Graduate – master’s level
  • Distance learning via a combination of internet and on-site instructions

URL: http://www.uscupstate.edu/graduate/default.aspx?id=3387
Note: Program requires 1 summer in Spartanburg. The remainder is via Distance Learning Methodologies Delivery.

University of Puerto Rico

Rio Piedras

College of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 23304
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931

Contact: Dr. Lucy Torres
Phone: 787-763-4130 ext. 7557 or 3468
Fax: 787-763-4130

  • Undergraduate
  • Visual Impairment
  • Academic year

URL:
Note: Candidates are admitted to the program only in August.
Note: Program is for certification at the elementary level only.

Kutztown University

Department of Special Education

15200 Kutztown Road
Kutztown, PA 19530

Phone:  610-683-4000

Contact:  Dr. Nicole Johnson, Ed.D
Phone:  610-683-4297
Email: 

  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate (B.S. in Education in Visual Impairments)
  • Graduate Visual Impairment Certification
  • Academic year

URL:  http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/education/departments/special-education/programs/visual-impairment-program.htm

Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


Salus University

College of Education and Rehabilitation
Elkins Park Campus
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Department Phone: 215-780-1360

Fax:  215-780-1357

TVI Masters and Certificate Programs Contact:  Ms. Kerry Lueders, Interim Director

Phone: 215-780-1366
Email: 

Low Vision Rehabilitation Masters and Certificate Programs Contact:
Dr. Duane Geruschat and Kerry Lueders, Program Co-Directors
Phone: 215-780-1360
Email:  and

O&M Masters and Certificate Programs Contact: Dr. Fabiana Perla, Director
Phone: 215-780-1367
Email: 

Vision Rehabilitation Teaching Masters and Certificate Programs Contact:
Lachelle Smith, Director
Phone:  215-780-1360
Email:  

National Leadership Consortium for Sensory Disabilities Contact:
Dr. Brooke Smith, Project Coordinator
Phone:  215-780-1502
Email:  

  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Multiply impaired*
  • Visually impaired*
  • Rehabilitation teaching*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Distance learning via the internet
  • Distance learning via combination methods
  • Summer*
  • Institute for face-to-face courses*
  • Academic year*

URL: www.salus.edu/
Note:  Salus University, College of Education and Rehabilitation is approved by Middle States Commission of Higher Education

Financial support is nearly always available through federal grants/traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.


University of Pittsburgh

Vision Studies Program

5332 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Program Coordinator Contact:  Dr. Tessa McCarthy
Phone:  412-648-7308

Fax:  412-648-7081
Email: 

  • Visually impaired*
  • Orientation and mobility*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year*
  • Distance learning via internet*

URL: www.education.pitt.edu/visionstudies/
*Financial support may be available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

Portland State University

Graduate School of Education Special Education
1900 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Contact: Dr. Holly M. Lawson
Phone: 503-725-5495
Fax: 503-725-5599
Email: ,

  • Visually impaired*
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only*
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Graduate – Doctoral level*
  • Summer*
  • Academic year*
  • Distance learning via internet*

URL: http://www.pdx.edu/sped/VIL


Note: This is a part time, two year program.  Graduate students attend PSU on campus for three weeks in the summer year and the remaining courses online.
*Financial support is available through graduate assistantships, scholarships, or other financial aid.