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University of North Dakota

Department of Teaching and Learning
Special Education Program
231 Centennial Drive STOP 7189
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189

Contact:  Dr. Kari Chiasson, Associate Professor
Phone: 701-777-3236
Email: 

  • Certification – Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Distance learning

URL: www.und.edu/dept/tl/
Note: Program begins on even-numbered years. Participants attend 2 six-week summer sessions at the university. Participants complete independent study assignments during the academic year.
Note: Financial aid is limited and is competitive.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.

North Carolina Central University

Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education Program
2134 School of Education Building
700 Cecil Street
Durham, NC 27707

Contact:  Dr. Prince Hycy Bull, Ph.D., Interim Coordinator, Visual Impairment Training Program
Phone:  919-530-7287
Fax:  919-530-5353

Email: 

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Visual impairments
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Summers
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via online and other methods of instruction

URL: www.nccu.edu/soe/vitp.cfm
Note: Classes are taught on-campus at NCCU and via distance learning options.
Note: Approved by AER and accredited by NCATE.

Dominican College

470 Western Hwy
Orangeburg, NY 10962

Contact:  Yvette Blitzer
Phone: 845-848-4119

Fax:  845-359-7802
Email: 

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

URL:  http://www.dc.edu/teacher-education-2/tvi-program/

*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid.
*VI teacher training via distance learning requires periodic visits to campus on Sundays.


Hunter College of the City University of New York

Dept. of Special Education
695 Park Ave, Room 916 West
New York, NY 10065

VI Contact:  Dr. Rosanne K. Silberman
Phone: 212-772-4740
Email: 

Deafblind Contact:  Dr. Ellen Trief
Phone:  212-772-4110
Email:  

O&M Contact:  Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken
Phone:  212-772-4741
Email:  

  • Visually impaired
  • Multiply impaired
  • Deafblind
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via internet

URL:  http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/school-of-education/programs/graduate/special-education/blind-visually-impaired

URL: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/school-of-education/programs/graduate/special-education/blind-visually-impaired
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlWcC6pLVtE

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

New Mexico State University

PO Box 30001/MSC3SPE
Special Education/Communication Disorders
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Contact: Dr. Loana Mason
Phone: 575-646-5703
Email: 

  • Visual impairment*
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Graduate – Certification only
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via outreach
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning via combination

URL: http://education.nmsu.edu/sped/index.html
Note: Financial support limited to New Mexico residents with existing teaching certification.
Note: NCATE approved. AER approval in process.
Note: Program support is provided by the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders
202G Barkley Memorial Center

P.O. Box 830738
Lincoln, NE 68583-0732

Phone:  402-472-0410

Fax:  402-472-8790

VI Contact:  Dr. Mackenzie Savaiano

Phone:  402-472-3801

Email: 

  • Autism and severe disabilities
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Visually Impaired
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Online classes in fall and spring, summers face to face

URL:  http://cehs.unl.edu/secd/visual-impairments/

Note:  Participants attend courses for 2 summers.

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

Southwest Missouri State University

901 South National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804

VI/O&M Contact:  Paul Ajuwon, Ph.D.
Phone:  417-836-5397
Email:   

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Blindness and Low Vision
  • Certification only
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure-only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Distance learning via internet
  • Distance learning combination
  • Academic year
  • Summer and Fall admissions

URL:  http://education.missouristate.edu/sped/graduate/default.htm


Note: This is a collaborative project with 5 university project partners. Students are enrolled in two universities: one for their core courses, and one to meet the requirements necessary for licensure as a teacher for students who are blind or visually impaired. For more information about this unique arrangement, please visit the URL above.

Eastern Michigan University

Department of Special Education

John W. Porter building, Suite 128
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone:  734-487-3300

Fax:  734-487-2473

Contact:  Dr. Alicia Li, Professor
Phone:  734-487-2748
Email: 

  • Visually impaired
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning under development

URL: www.emich.edu/coe/sped/index.html


Western Michigan University

Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies

1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5111

Phone:  269-387-3455

Fax:  269-387-2567

Blind Rehabilitation Contact:  James A. Leja, Ph.D.
Phone:  269-387-2645
Email: 

VI / O&M Contact:  Dr. Dawn Anderson
Phone:  269-387-5944
Email: 

O&M Adult Contact:  Dr. Dae Kim
Phone:  269-387-3447
Email: 

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy:  Dr. Helen Lee, Ed.D.
Phone: 269-387-3448
Email: 

Rehabilitation Counseling: Dr. Jennipher Wiebold, Ph.D.
Phone:  269-387-3459
Email: 

  • Visually impaired
  • Orientation and mobility, adults and children
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Rehabilitation teaching
  • Travel instruction
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level
  • Summer
  • Academic year
  • Distance learning via combination of methods

URL:  https://wmich.edu/visionstudies

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

Boston College

Department of Teacher Education/Special Education

Lynch School of Education

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Campion Hall, 211
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

Deafblind Contact:  Dr. Susan Bruce, Associate Professor
Phone:  617-552-4239
Email:  and

Deafblind Contact:  Patricia Mason
Phone:  617-552-8431
Email: 

  • Deafblind
  • Multiply impaired
  • Graduate – Certification/licensure only
  • Graduate – Master’s level*
  • Summer
  • Academic year

URL:  http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/academics/departments/teseci/graduate/medspecial.html

Note: This program has been reviewed and approved by NCATE.
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial.


University of Massachusetts-Boston

School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Vision Studies Contact:  Laura Bozeman, Ph. D, COMS, CLVT, Assoc. Professor, Director of Vision Studies
Phone:  617-287-4385
Email: 

TVI Contact:  Tammy Reisman, TVI Program Coordinator
Phone:  617-287-7595
Email: 

O&M Contact:  Paula Kosior, O&M Program Coordinator
Phone:  617-287-7584
Email: 

VRT Contact:  Dan Norris, VRT Program Coordinator

Email: 

  • Teacher of students with Visual Impairment
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Vision Rehabilitation therapy
  • Graduate – Certificate (O&M, VRT)*
  • Graduate – Master’s level* (M. Ed. Vision Studies)
  • Academic year
  • Summer
  • Distance learning via Blackboard Learn

URL: http://www.nercve.org/
URL:  https://www.umb.edu/academics/sgisd/grad/global_inclusion_and_social_development_ma

Note: Scholarship funds are dependent on grant funding.

Louisiana Tech University

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness
Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 3158
Ruston, LA 71272

Contact: Laura Bostick
Phone: 318-257-4554
Email: 

  • Orientation and Mobility*
  • Visually Impaired*
  • Rehabilitation Teaching*
  • Graduate - Certification/Licensure Only
  • Graduate - Master's Level
  • Academic year
  • Summer 
  • Distance education via internet with one week on campus during one summer quarter and one three-day weekend on campus during one winter quarter (VI only).

URL: www.pdrib.com
*Financial support is available through traineeships, scholarships, or other financial aid. Restrictions may apply.


University of New Orleans

Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services
Lakefront Education Bldg., Rm. 246
New Orleans, LA 70148

Contact: Dr. Randall Scott
Phone: 504-280-6609
Fax: 504-280-5588
Email: 

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

URL:  http://www.uno.edu/trac/

http://www.uno.edu/coehd/add-on-certifications.aspx

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

University of Kentucky

229 Taylor Education Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0001

Contact:  Dr. Donna Brostek Lee

Phone:  859-257-1520

Fax:  859-257-1325

Email: 

Program Website:  http://education.uky.edu/EDSRC/content/vision

  • Visually Impaired
  • Graduate – Certification/Licensure-only
  • Summer
  • Academic
  • Distance Education