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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

TVI Program Course Descriptions

Required Courses

VISN 602: Education of Students with Visual Impairment

Course Description: This course examines the philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education services to students with visual impairments. This course overviews the wide array of services and resources available to support students with visual impairments. Topics include legislation, service systems, roles and responsibilities of specialized service providers and the impact of visual impairment on child development.

Pre-Practicum: 7 Hours Interviews

VISN 613: Assessment for Students with Visual Impairment Including Those with Additional Disabilities

Course Description: This course examines and explores the unique educational needs of children with visual impairments and children with visual and multiple impairments as well as techniques for assessment related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings from ages 3-22. Topics include assessment specifically designed for students with visual impairments, and those in the expanded core curriculum. Issues related to team approaches to assessment, and evaluation are also presented. This course requires a field-based placement/pre-practicum requirement of a minimum of 25 hours. This course has 2 face to face meetings.

VISN 604: Visual Functioning

Course Description:This course introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the eye and examines refraction, clinical testing procedures, and major visual disorders. The medical component of this course provides the foundation to the remainder of the course, as it looks at the functional implications of individual eye conditions on educational and vocational services. Note: There are no face to face classes in this course.
 

In this fully on-line course, the sessions are designed to provide a basic understanding of the physical structures of the eye and their functions, an understanding of pathologies that affect the visual system and how they impact visual functioning. Topics include: structures of the eye, ocular optics, basic brain anatomy and development of vision, and functional implications of common eye diseases.

Note: There are no face-to-face sessions for this course.

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VISN 603: Braille Communications I

Course Description:

This course will train individuals to teach reading and writing of contracted Unified English Braille. Participants will learn to write Unified English Braille using both Perkins brailler and slate and stylus, and reading methods will be studied. Reading problems and remediation will be discussed. Techniques used in education and rehabilitation will be included. The use of technology to produce braille will be reviewed.
Face to Face Meeting: Final Exam

VISN 610: Braille Communications II

Course Description: This course is designed for vision teachers to expand their current level of Braille competency. Students will study tools and teaching strategies used in mathematics including Nemeth Code, Scientific Notebook software and the abacus. Braille formats typical of educational materials will be studied. Students will review the Unified English Braille code with a focus on memorization.

Pre-Practicum: 2 Hours: Nemeth Lesson Observation and Reflection; Additional Braille Specialty Area Observation/Interviews (optional)

VISN 605: Implications of Low Vision

Course Description: This course is designed to train professionals to work with individuals who have low vision in both rehabilitation and educational settings. Through selected readings and presentations on the theoretical and practical aspects of low vision, participants will acquire a solid knowledge base; and become comfortable with various low vision concepts and methods for integrating visual needs and adapted equipment within an educational/rehabilitation environment. In addition, small group activities, case studies, and simulation will be incorporated throughout the course to provide students with the practical application of skills and techniques learned.

VISN 614: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments Including Those with Additional Disabilities

 Course Description: This course examines and explores the unique educational needs of children with visual impairments and children with visual and multiple impairments as well as techniques for instruction related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings from ages 3-22. Topics include program planning for core and expanded core curriculum, adaptive techniques, and diverse communication systems. This course requires a field-based placement/pre-practicum requirement.

VISN 640: Psycho-social Aspects of Visual Impairments

Course Description: This course will investigate the psychosocial aspects of vision loss. Coping techniques and issues of self-esteem will be explored along with principles of self-determination. Other topics include the psychosocial aspects of personal life management such as orientation and mobility, use of volunteers, sexuality, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Psychosocial issues specific to people from diverse cultures will also be addressed.

VISN 648: Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment

This course provides an in-depth study of CVI and resources available for assessment and instructional strategies. Participants will further examine and explore the unique educational needs of children with CVI and the skills related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings; Pre-K through grade 12. Topics include teaching strategies in the core and expanded core curriculums, such as: literacy, career-vocational skills, visual efficiency and compensatory auditory strategies. Instruction will also address material modifications and accommodations.

VISN 611: Technology and Visual Impairments

Course Description: This course will assist students in understanding assistive technology to meet the educational needs of blind and visually impaired children. The goal is to educate the students about assessment, acquisition and implementation of assistive technology to foster academic independence in their blind and visually impaired students. In addition, participants will be able to identify the latest and most appropriate technology for the needs of the visually impaired child. Legal issues, funding inclusion of technology on the IEP and resources for support and training will be discussed.

VISN 619: TVI Practicum

Course Description: The TVI Practicum encompasses a supervised practicum, a practicum seminar and capstone portfolio. The Practicum provides 300 hours working with students who are visually impaired, ranging from Pre-K through Grade 12.

The Practicum Seminar consists of 6 modules dealing with professional issues related to the field of TVI. The seminar is designed to inform and support students as they complete their Practicum experiences. The modules will be released on a bi-weekly schedule. There will be one synchronous Talking Communities session.

Pre-registration for the TVI Practicum is required one semester prior to enrollment. Student must provide documentation of 100 clock hours of pre-practicum experiences, passing score reports for all required licensure exams (MTEL), passing score on the Braille Proficiency Test, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0. The practicum site must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

 

Elective Courses

VISN 646: Introduction to Audiology and the Human Auditory System

Course Description: This course will cover the nature of sound and how humans perceive it. Sound in the environment and how sound is used by humans to move through their environment will also be explored. Topics include the basics of sound, anatomy and physiology of the auditory system with an emphasis on function, common disorders of the auditory system and how these disorders are manifested. The principles of basic audiology and how to understand and relate to the audiologist provide a foundation for hearing both clinically and functionally. Students will learn hearing aid technology and the application of that technology to various auditory disorders in a functional sense.  There are no face to face classes.

Texts: All required readings are provided within the course. 

VISN 649: Transitioning to Unified English Braille Code

Course Description: This course is for teachers of students with visual impairments who have a working knowledge of EBAE. Participants will study the changes from EBAE to the new Unified Braille Code, as well as the resulting benefits. Teaching strategies will be discussed, transition plans for students will be developed, and braille technology conversion will be covered.

VISN 641: Advanced Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Course Description: This course is designed for educational practitioners currently holding state licensure as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI). Participants will further examine and explore the unique educational needs of children with visual impairments and the skills related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings; Pre-K through grade 12. Topics include advanced teaching strategies in the core and expanded core curriculums, such as: advanced literacy, career-vocational skills, visual efficiency and compensatory auditory strategies. Instruction will also address areas such as: advanced material modifications, strategies to teach learners to identify and organize critical content as well as instruction for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities.

VISN 643: Foundations of Research in Visual Impairment

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to basic research design and methods used in special education, especially in the area of visual impairments. Students will learn to critically analyze research literature and will have the opportunity to design a small-scale research proposal. Due to the unique challenges investigators face when researching issues in the area of visual impairments, this course will discuss many of the obstacles the student may encounter when working in the area of low incidence disabilities. Modules will include: research methodologies and approaches, participants, as well as analysis of data

VISN 644: Auditory Access to Digital Information for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth study of access methods to digital material currently available for students using screen readers and audio files for curriculum and instructional needs. Course participants in the course will work with commercially available software packages, as well as the widening range of free screen readers and audio applications. This course simulates methods of operation employed by visually impaired students. Screen readers features and capabilities for JAWS will be studied in-depth. Methods of audio file creation and acquisition will be covered, along with options for necessary players. Methods for working with students with a variety of needs will be covered. 

VISN 645: Music Braille

Course Description: This online course is designed to train participants to teach reading of elementary and intermediate level braille music. Important aspects for teaching braille users to read braille music are covered. Participants will learn music braille notations and basic transcription rules for preparing elementary and intermediate level braille music. The use of special computer software to translate music into braille, and sources for acquiring braille music are reviewed. Participants are required to use a braille editor for completing all exercises and to submit exercises in digital format. This course offers an international connection in that there are often students from different countries taking the course.

 

VISN 647: Early Intervention and Visual Impairment

Course Description: This course is designed to give students an overview of Early Childhood Special Education with a focus on children with visual impairments. Students will examine typical as well as atypical child development and many of the characteristics of visual impairments.  Students will also examine the impact a visual impairment can have on a child’s cognitive and social development. The course will also focus on basic medical and prenatal care issues. This course is designed to acquaint students with a sampling of assessment practices and the need for early intervention in order to meet the developmental and social/emotional needs of young children and infants with visual impairments. The course materials will be presented via Modules and lectures, which must be completed in numeric order. There will also be weekly discussion board questions that will be utilized as an integral part of the Learning Modules.

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