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Program in Visual Impairments

The MEd Program in Visual Impairments is for individuals who wish to earn Ohio's Intervention Specialist: Visual Impairments license.

What Will I Learn?

This program prepares students new to the field of blindness to become teachers of children with visual impairments in Ohio's schools. The program leads to both the graduate degree and Ohio licensure. This program takes approximately five semesters of full-time study to complete.

What Are The Admissions Requirements?

For detailed information on admission requirements for the MEd program, please view our MEd webpage and MEd Application Checklist.

What Courses Might I Take?

A student in this program completes 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 will also have two placements for observation and one placement for your student teaching observations. Placements include the Ohio State School for the Blind, public school resource classroom, itinerant teaching, and early childhood intervention agencies. Students will work with early, middle, and high school aged students. Placements are made at schools across the city, so having reliable transportation is essential. This information is distributed to interns as soon as official confirmation is received from the school district.

A culminating project is required for completion of the MEd students in the Program in Visual Impairments (PVI) have the option of completing either a final capstone paper or a final capstone portfolio. The paper option will allow students to research in-depth a topic of their choice related to the education of children with visual impairments. The portfolio option requires students to produce a series of lesson plans in both the academic Core Curriculum areas as well as the Expanded Core Curriculum. A shorter paper which examines teaching theory, curriculum, assessment, or student learning is required. Reflections on lesson plans are also required as part of the portfolio requirements.

Licensure Requirements

At the time of admission to the M.Ed., students will need to have a BCI/FBI background check as well as a TB test in order to student-teach. These costs are dependent upon the location where the tests are performed. In addition, students must register for a professional portfolio program. Registration is required prior to beginning your first semester. In addition, you will need to pay for your licensure examinations and Ohio licensure fees. These fees vary depending upon the needs of the students. Students in this program are responsible for all university fees, books, transportation costs to student teaching locations, and materials associated with coursework. Reference:

Additionally, students are required to take and pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Muti-Age (PK-12) and Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired Ohio Assessment for Educators

All students in a licensure program are required to take the edTPA. The passing scores are to be determined.

What Can I Do With A Degree In This Program?

After completing degree and certification/licensure requirements, our students are 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.

Furthermore, you will be highly qualified to teach in the area of reading. Our teachers take a group of courses in reading as well as in Braille instruction.

What Are Graduates Doing Now?

Our graduates have taken a variety of roles in education. Some are itinerant teacher working with students in many different school buildings, while others are teachers in a single classroom such as a resource room or class at a school for the blind. Others have chosen to use their degrees in leadership positions such as working on a state outreach team and as director of education for a national consumer organization.

In addition, many of our graduates have received honors. We have had a Council for Exceptional Children Division on Visual Impairment Graduate Student of the Year, many Delta Gamma Fellows to the American Foundation for the Blind’s Leadership Conference, and have had an Alumni New Leader Awardee.

Why Choose This Program?

Student Testimonials

The Master of Education (MEd) in Visual Impairments at The Ohio State University has proven to be exceptional. Having transitioned from a career outside the field of education, I found that this program was brilliantly structured to meet the individual needs of all students. The distinguished faculty and staff are knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to insuring the success of all students. It is apparent that the professors, themselves, are huge proponents within the community of the visually impaired and are eager to stay current on today's research-backed trends in education for the visually impaired. I am confident that upon graduating from this program, I will be prepared to teach students with visual impairments the most current and best practices from birth-21 and beyond. -- Tara McCarthy

The VI MED program at The Ohio State University is a unique program for new or experienced teachers to grow into this much needed field. Though there is a great demand for teachers of the visually impaired, [these] programs specializing in this field are only available at a few select universities. I am impressed with the staff's professionalism, the flexibility of the program, and how quickly the program came together for me. The faculty was instrumental in creating an environment in which learning was enjoyable and I was able to put what I learned into practice immediately. Being a mother of two and a non-traditional student, the faculty made it easy for me to continue my education while still teaching and being a mother. Anyone who has an interest in this field should strongly consider The Ohio State University VI MED program. -- Kathy Bell

I thought I would never go back to school and I am SO GLAD I did! The Teacher for Visual Impairments Program has opened a number of doors for me! In my current position of employment working with children who have brain injuries, I have been able to apply everything I have learned. The program offered me the opportunity to explore in depth research about multiple disabilities, sensory impairments, and how to provide students with integrative and individualized active learning experiences. I feel great about what I can now do for the children I work with and love what I do! -- Megan Rutschilling

Who Are The Faculty In This Program?

Dr. Tiffany Wild is the Visual Impairment Program Coordinator and primary faculty member. E-mail: Phone: 614-292-4783