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Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning, Sensory Impairments and Inclusion

This Sensory Impairments and Inclusion degree provides advanced coursework on current theories, research and practices for increasing access to curriculum for all students, including those with sensory impairments. The degree can be completed in combination with, or separate from, the teaching visual impairment licensure for the state of Ohio.


The Sensory Impairments and Inclusion program helps you further understandings of the needs of students with disabilities, including visual impairments, in the general educational classroom to achieve an inclusive learning environment. The program emphasizes the language, physical and academic needs of all learners, with a closer examination of the needs of students with sensory impairments. 

The Master of Arts program is designed specifically for working adults with courses typically scheduled after 4:30 p.m. and options to complete the program on a full- or part-time basis. Classes are available in fall, spring and summer semesters.

Core coursework examines inclusive teaching pedagogies while examining current best practice, reading and literacy for students with disabilities, and orientation and mobility for students with sensory impairments.  In addition, faculty in the areas of inclusion and sensory impairments work closely with students to design a program that can be tailored to addresses areas of interest. 

For example, the program can include coursework in teaching students with mild-moderate disabilities, deeper understanding of severe-moderate disabilities, examination of inclusive policies or lead to a state teaching licensure in orientation and mobility or as an intervention specialist for the visually impaired. 

Master of Arts students also have the option of becoming involved in research opportunities and a variety of culminating experiences including thesis and non-thesis options.

Career Paths

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Sensory Impairment and Inclusion continue their professional careers in the classroom, take leadership positions such as an intervention specialist or orientation and mobility specialist, and/or continue their educational journeys by entering EdS or PhD programs. 


Deadline to Apply: 
March 15
Program Start: 
Autumn semester; however, entry is possible in spring or summer with faculty consultation

Minimum course requirements: 3 department core courses (9 hours), 1 research-based course (3 hours), 3 core courses (8 hours), specialization courses chosen to meet your needs/interests (9 to 12 hours), thesis/non-thesis (3 hours)

Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 30 (thesis), 33 (non-thesis)

Other requirements: Exit examination/capstone project

Admission considerations: Faculty consider a number of factors in admissions decisions. These include clear goals for completing the program, applicants’ previous professional experiences working directly with children or within educational settings, and other qualifications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review program and faculty information prior to applying; statements should demonstrate alignment between applicants’ goals and interests and what the program and its faculty offers.

Financial support: Students may be competitive for scholarships and should consult with the Teaching and Learning Office of Academic Services for further details.

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Tiffany Wild, PhD, Assistant Professor

Affiliated Faculty

Laurie Katz, PhD, Professor


Department of Teaching and Learning
333 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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