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Bachelor of Science in Education, Primary Education (P-5) with Visual Impairment License

A first of its kind in Ohio, you can earn your bachelor’s degree pursuing licensure in primary education and as a visual impairments intervention specialist. This dual licensure program provides you with diverse knowledge and experiences that will contribute to gainful employment in a competitive field.


Students can complete primary education coursework at the Columbus, Lima, Marion, Mansfield or Newark campuses.  The visual impairments portion of the program is only offered in Columbus through hybrid (both online and in-person) options.


A dual licensure major provides you with exceptional opportunities. You will complete core courses for the primary education program such as equity and diversity, primary education pedagogy, reading, math, science and language arts.

In addition, you will gain knowledge in visual impairment which consists of courses that will address literary Braille, Nemeth Code (also known as Braille math), assistive technology, assessment, anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human eye, special education policy, modifications and the expanded core curriculum for children with visual impairments.

Professional placements are modified to occur in both primary education and visual impairments settings, giving you a well-rounded experience that facilitates future job prospects. You’ll work with a range of students in the visual impairments program at sites from early intervention through high school including:

  • The Ohio State School for the Blind
  • Public school resource classrooms
  • Itinerant teaching settings
  • Primary education intervention agencies

Placements are made at schools across the city and surrounding areas, so having reliable transportation is essential.

Students will take classes that include general education requirements and prerequisite coursework that will be the foundation of their dual licensure program.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at

Career Paths

Upon completion of degree and certification/licensure requirements, you will be prepared for a number of teaching roles within various educational settings. Students will receive a licensure to teach students pre-k to fifth grade and students with visual impairments from pre-k to 12th grade. 

Options for employment may include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching in an primary/pre-school classroom
  • becoming an elementary educator
  • teaching in a classroom specific to students who are blind or have low vision
  • being a specialist for public programs serving pre-k to 12th grade students who are blind or have low vision
  • traveling as an itinerant teacher who serves children with vision loss and consults with related school personnel to meet the needs of all students

Experiences in these settings may lead to specialization within the educational field, providing opportunities for professional involvement and higher education that can lead to career paths in administration, orientation and mobility (O&M), low vision and higher education.


Deadline to Apply: 
January 15
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
2.75 cumulative GPA

Sample Coursework: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness - Student Memberships and Conference Presentation Opportunities; Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Ohio– Student Memberships and Conference Presentation Opportunities

Students are directly admitted to the Primary Education (P-5) Visual Impairments program. A major readiness check, due January 15, showing nearly all pre-major and GE courses is completed with the minimum GPA is required prior to beginning major coursework.

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Tiffany Wild, PhD, Assistant Professor


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