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Updated Feb. 2020

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Professional Preparation

Texas Fellows

  • Texas Fellows are recruiters!  Texas Fellows have helped people find out about the field of visual impairments and become a VI professional. Texas Fellows and their candidates are recognized for a year.  Becoming a Texas Fellow is easy.
    • Texas SenseAbilities newsletter (formerly See/Hear),
    • At all statewide TSBVI functions
    • and receive either one of TSBVI's most popular publications or free registration to a TSBVI sponsored training event.
  • Texas Fellows Application (Word or PDF)
  • Get additional information about Texas Fellows


Individuals are assigned a mentor when they are hired by a school district as a TVI or COMS. The mentor relationship continues through the protégé’s practicum/internship period and extends one year beyond certification as a VI professional in Texas schools.

PPAG Materials (Professional Preparation Advisory Group)

For more information about any of these programs

Chrissy Cowan, TSBVI Outreach Programs
Mentor Coordinator
1100 W. 45 th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
(512) 206-9367
FAX: 512-206-9320

Mary Shore, TSBVI Outreach Programs
Professional Preparation Coordinator
1100 W. 45 th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
(512) 206-9156
FAX: 512-206-9320

Quick Links

  • Financial Aid Information Page
  • Becoming a Teacher in Texas
  • VIP Home Page - SFA - Visually Impaired Program Information from Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Reach Across Texas Home Page - TTU  - Visually Impaired Program Information from Texas Tech University.
  • Virginia Sowell Center Home Page - The Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Visual Impairment is an opportunity to continue the work begun by Dr. Virginia Sowell at Texas Tech University in Visual Impairment. It is designed to include an annual Distinguished Lecturer Series on the topic of visual impairment. The Center will eventually offer scholarships to students participating in the Visual Impairment, Orientation and Mobility, and Dual Sensory degree and certification programs. The Center is also designed to support faculty research and public service. Still in its infancy, the Center is evolving on a daily basis.