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Teaching Visual Impairment

A Vision Intervention Specialist (VIS) is also known as a “teacher of students who are visually impaired.” A VIS is an educator with specialized training in supporting the unique learning needs of children (infants/preschoolers through school aged students), who are visually impaired or blind.

A VIS in Ohio typically may work at a state school for the blind as a classroom teacher, within a public school district as a classroom/itinerant/consulting teacher, or for a MR/DD program as a consultant to classroom teachers.

VIS responsibilities may include teaching an elementary student who is blind how to read and write braille, making classroom adaptations for a middle school student who is included in a general education setting, introducing a magnification aid to a preschooler with low vision, or helping a child with visual and additional disabilities in learning daily living skills.

The Teaching Visual Impairments licensure-only program requires students to have a state-approved teacher licensure to be considered for admissions; this licensure can be in any subject area for K-12 education. This program is offered at OSU, pending funding from the Ohio Department of Education.

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 go.osu.edu/onground

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Teaching Visual Impairment: Licensure-only Fact Sheet

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 go.osu.edu/disclosures.