Master of Education: Visual Impairments Special Education

The Vision Institute is a master's degree program at Trevecca Nazarene University designed to equip teachers to work as special education teachers who are viewed as visual impairments experts. These teachers may serve as itinerant teachers for students with visual impairments and other disabilities, and in specialized settings such as Tennessee School for the Blind.

In addition to coursework, candidates will complete field experience hours in special education classrooms, a two-day, overnight experience at Tennessee School for the Blind, and a two week 40-hour field experience.

Trevecca’s Vision Institute is funded through a grant from the State of Tennessee's Department of Education. Candidates must possess a valid and current Tennessee teachers license in any endorsement area. To receive this scholarship in the master’s program, individuals are required to agree to a service commitment upon completion of licensure requirements. This service agreement will be two years in Tennessee public schools as one of the following: a teacher at Tennessee School for the Blind; an itinerant teacher serving students with visual impairment, blindness, or other disabilities; or a special education teacher.

Upon completion of the Vision Institute program, individuals will have a grace period of six months to secure employment and will have four years to fulfill the two-year service requirement. The program is also available to individuals who do not wish to commit to the two-year service agreement but do want the degree. Tuition for such individuals will be at the regular graduate education tuition rate/fees.

**Funds for this program are contingent on annual grant renewal by the state of Tennessee.**

Program of Study for Visual Impairments Special Education

Required Courses

VIS 6010Special Education and Visual Impairments

3

EDU 6075Diversity in Classrooms and Schools

2

VIS 6030Advanced Braille

3

EDU 6080Interdisciplinary Teaching

3

VIS 6040Field Experience I

0

VIS 6045Anatomy and Issues of Visual Learning

3

EDU 6085Differentiated Teaching

3

VIS 6055Field Experience II

0

VIS 6060Expanded Core Curriculum

3

VIS 6065Nemeth Code

3

VIS 6070Assessment for Visual Impairments

3

VIS 6090Exit Assessment

0

VIS 6015Braille Reading and Writing

3

VIS 6025Braille Basics

1

VIS 6040 and VIS 6055: Includes a required field experience. Field experiences and clinical practice provide evidence that students are learning when being taught by candidates. In order to participate in mandatory experiences, all candidates will be required to undergo a background check and be fingerprinted, at their own expense, prior to beginning the first class.

Total Credit Hours: 30