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Master of Education, Visual Impairments

The Master of Education program in Visual Impairments at Ohio State leads you to earn Ohio's Intervention Specialist: Visual Impairments License. This program prepares you to become a teacher to children with visual impairments in Ohio's schools.

The program takes approximately five semesters of full-time study to complete. As a student, you will complete courses in Braille, core curriculum instruction and modifications for children with visual impairments, Nemeth Code, special education policies and laws for children with visual impairments, special education assessments, reading, eye anatomy and diseases, assistive technology and the expanded core curriculum.

You also will have two placements for observation and one placement for student teaching observations. Placements include the Ohio State School for the Blind, public school resource classroom, itinerant teaching and early childhood intervention agencies. You will work with early, middle, and high school aged students. Placements are made at schools across the central Ohio area.

A culminating project or thesis option is required for completion of the MEd. Students in the Program in Visual Impairments have the option of completing a thesis or culminating capstone paper.

Project VIBE (Visual Impairment MED and Applied Behavior Analysis MA in Education) is a grant that will fund students for one of two programs:
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning, concentrating in Visual Impairments focuses on re-conceptualizing traditional teacher training programs in teaching students with visual impairments and applied behavior analysis. This program is intended for those without a teaching licensure.  Students will be awarded an initial teaching licensure in visual impairments upon successful completion of all program and licensure requirements. With the addition of 6 courses in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), students are prepared for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) licensure exam, giving the intervention specialist the ability to work with children who have a wide range of disabilities.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Studies, concentrating in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focuses on a systematic and analytic approach for teaching students with disabilities. This program prepares students to be Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The addition of 3 courses prepares students to teach individuals who have visual impairments.
VIBE grant benefits:

  • Applicants chosen to be part of Project VIBE will receive: 
  • Full tuition benefits for both years of the M.Ed. or the M.A. degree 
  • Technology support, including a personal computer and a braille machine 
  • Books and TK20 software benefits
  • Preparation to sit for the BCBA licensure exam

To be eligible for the grant, you must first submit an application to the M.Ed in Visual Impairments.


Once your application is submitted you will be contacted via email about the grant.
The VIBE grant is co-administered by faculty leads in the Department of Teaching and Learning and The Department of Educational Studies. For information on the Project VIBE eligible MA in Special Education with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis(ABA), please contact Matthew Brock.

Project VIBE is funded through a grant from the US Department of Education H325K180130.  The secretary anticipates future funding for this award according to the planned schedule, through 2023.  However, the funding of the award for this period is nonbinding.   

Career Paths

After completing degree and certification/licensure requirements, you will be ready to take positions as classroom teachers for students who are blind or have low vision, resource room teachers for programs serving PK-12 students who are blind or have low vision, itinerant teachers who travel to several schools within one or more school districts to consult with general education teachers and related school personnel as well as work directly with students, or teachers in residential programs.

We partner with Career Services in the College of Education and Human Ecology to prepare students for their job search.

Licensure Requirements

If accepted into the program, several items are required, including:

  • a BCI/FBI background check to student teach; some placements require a TB test. Costs for these tests are in addition to tuition and other education-related expenses.
  • registration for a professional portfolio program through TK20prior to beginning your first semester.
  • Licensure examinations and Ohio licensure fees also apply. These fees vary depending on student needs.
  • responsibility for all university fees, books, transportation costs to student teaching locations and materials associated with coursework.
  • to take and pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Muti-Age (PK-12) and Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired Ohio Assessment for Educators. Passing scores are to be determined.


Deadline to Apply: 
November 15 annually
Program Start: 
Autumn semester

Prerequisite Coursework:

Prior to admission to this highly competitive program, successful applicants will have a 3.0 GPA or better and demonstrated experience working with children in groups and diverse communities. Applicants must complete prerequisites related to their intended license area, prior to beginning the program. It is important to note that applicants may have prerequisites in progress during the Autumn semester in which they submit their application, but must have all prerequisites completed by the end of the Spring semester before beginning the MEd program.

PDF iconVisual Impairments Prerequisites

*It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with T&L Academic Services to review your progress towards prerequisite completion, two semesters prior to the Summer semester in which you intend to enroll. Call our scheduling line at 614-292-2332.

Admission Considerations: all applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree prior to the start of classes, minimum GPA of a 3.0 (min. 2.75 in content area(s))and experience working with youth in various group settings.

GRE: Applicants with an overall GPA between a 2.75-2.99 MUST take the General Test of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be eligible for admission to the M.Ed. applicants with an overall GPA of 3.0 and above are not required to submit GRE Scores.

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Tiffany Wild

Teaching and Learning Academic Services

Disclaimer: Licensure requirements may be subject to change because of state-legislated mandates. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department of Teaching and Learning each year to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

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