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Teaching Visual Impairment

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

A specialist 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.

Responsibilities for a vision intervention specialist 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 Ohio State, pending funding from the Ohio Department of Education.


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