College of Education and Rehabilitation

Department of Blindness and Low Vision Programs

Professional Preparation Programs
for Teachers of Children with Visual and Multiple Disabilities

Course Descriptions

Fall Semester

CER-BVI 5401AA Teaching Children with Visual Impairment & Additional Disabilities

(15 weeks) (3 semester credits) (online)

Teaching Children with Visual Impairment & Additional Disabilities provides an introduction to a number of concomitant medical, social, and psychological conditions that may have an impact upon the provision of educational and rehabilitation services to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. The course explores functional implications of additional disabilities with emphasis on cognition, perception, communication, behavior, balance, and movement as well as medical conditions and health issues. Learners will become familiar with a range of adaptive assessments and intervention strategies for individuals with visual impairment and additional disabilities.

Prerequisites: Clinical and Functional Implications of Visual Impairment 5001AA

CER-BVI 5105AA Literary Braille Code

(15 weeks) (3 semester credits) (hybrid-online)

Literary Braille Code teaches students to become proficient at reading and proofreading contracted Literary Braille using the computer keyboard and the Perkins Brailler. Weekly video conferences introduce each teaching module.

CER-BVI 5431AA Principles of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments II
(for students with no background in special education)

(5 weeks) (1 semester credit) (hybrid-online)

Principles of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments II introduces students to special education legislation focusing on IDEA, the writing and facilitation of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), including IEPs for students in the transition process and the and the construction of measurable goals and objectives.

CER-BVI 6400AA TVI Fieldwork (Any semester with permission of TVI Program Director)

(2 semester credits) (online)

TVI Fieldwork consists of 100 hours of pre-service observation and visitation that permits learners to experience a broad range of settings in which education occurs for children who are blind or visually impaired. Learners may include webinars, conferences and visits to agencies and organizations who serve people who are blind or visually impaired or who provide other types of services related to blindness and visual impairment. This course can take up to one academic year to complete.

Spring Semester

CER-BVI 5431AA Principles of Teaching Students with Visual Impairment I

(15 weeks) (3 semester credits) (hybrid-online)

Principles of Teaching Students with Visual Impairment I provides the methods by which teachers of the visually impaired assess and instruct the wide variety of children with visual impairments. Assessment instruments such as the Comprehensive Assessment including the Functional Vision Assessment and the Learning Media Assessment are studied in detail, as well as accommodations and environmental modifications, decision making, the role of the teacher of the visually impaired in relation to the other professionals who will be working with children with visual impairment, historical perspectives, service delivery models, early intervention and transition programs.

Prerequisites: Low Vision I and Low Vision II 5130AA and 5131AA, and Principles II 5431AA (for students with no special education background)

BVI-CER5403AA Literacy for Students with Visual Impairment

(15 weeks) (3 semester credits) (hybrid-online)

In Literacy for Students with Visual Impairment students are taught how to teach reading and writing with Braille and print as the literacy medium to children and adults with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities and English Language Learners. The course covers how to assess reading and writing levels, how to determine what approach to use with specific students, how to select a braille curriculum, as well as how to order hard-copy, audio and digital copies of books.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of 5105AA

CER-BVI 5103AA Introduction to Assistive Technology

(10 weeks) (2 semester credits) (online)

Introduction to Assistive Technology – Introduces the learner to a wide variety of current technology that assists people with visual impairments to access information, with emphasis given to computer technology. The course provides hands-on experience with a screen reader, a screen magnification program and text-to-speech software. Issues related to legislation, financing, use or abandonment of technology by the consumer, assessment and instructional strategies for teaching technology are discussed.

Summer Semester

CER-BVI 5106AA Braille Literacy

(0.5 semester credit) (College)

Braille Literacy is a hands-on course that provides learners with experience in designing a Braille literacy program for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Learners select from a variety of activities related to their program of studies (TVI or VRT) such as analysis of curriculum materials for teaching reading to children or adults, teaching the use of a Braille note taker, teaching the use of a labeling code such as Fishburne or Moon, teaching the use of the slate and stylus and introduction to transcription software for braille.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 5105AA and 5403AA

CER-BVI 5402AA Nemeth and Other Special Codes

(2 semester credits) (College)

5402AA Nemeth and Other Special Codes is a hands-on course that provides learners with ability to transcribe Nemeth Code using the Perkins Brailler and Braille production software. Learners become proficient in teaching the abacus. Other materials and aids for instruction in mathematics and science are introduced.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 5105AA

CER-BVI 5400AA Expanding the Core Curriculum and Educating Emergent Bilinguals

(15 weeks) (3 semester credits) (hybrid-online)

Expanding the Core Curriculum and Educating Emergent Bilinguals is a course in which all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum are explored, with special emphasis on assessment and instruction of social skills, recreation and leisure, career education, and self-advocacy skills needed by children and adults who are visually impaired. Hands-on experience with appropriate materials and assistive technology to be used by children who are visually impaired in each of these Expanded Core Curriculum areas is provided.

This course will also provide an introduction to the basic theoretical concepts and principles underlying major approaches to second language (L2) teaching. Students will gain knowledge and understanding the roles of the teacher and learner in L2 teaching, and the methods and techniques of L2 teaching. Students will also learn about the impact of sensory impairments or multiple disabilities on second language acquisition.

Culminating Coursework

6401 TVI InternshipAA

(Any semester) (Upon completion of coursework) (6 semester credits)

TVI Internships are arranged on an individual basis and run for twelve weeks or a total of 360 documented teaching hours with children who are visually impaired ages 0-21. Students are required to do a number of projects during their internship including, two lesson plan units, videotaping of two lessons, and a comprehensive assessment of one student.

CER-BVI 6490AA TVI Comprehensive Examination Masters only

(Any semester) (Upon completion of program) (0 semester credit)

The Comprehensive Exam is the final examination for learners who wish to obtain a Masters in Education in the area of Education of Children with Blindness and Visual Disabilities. This examination is given in electronic format and can be proctored near the student’s home.

03.06.2014