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The University of Massachusetts Boston is the only academic center for preparing Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments in New England. The university is seeking graduate applicants in each of the six New England states, and is particularly interested in expanding enrollment of students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds as well as students with disabilities.
The UMass Vision Studies program in TVI has grant funding to address a national and regional shortage of teachers and related service professionals with specialized knowledge in visual impairments. Students meeting admission and grant scholarship requirements may be eligible for tuition support.
The UMass Boston TVI program uses a combination of web-based courses and pre-practicum field-based activities which allow students to build a portfolio of professional skills and experiences.
The M.Ed. degree program in vision studies/Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments track accepts students to begin in the summer. The application deadline is March1. The University of Massachusetts Boston is fully accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Masters in Vision Studies, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments track.
Students in the UMass Boston TVI Program must be able to read unaltered, embossed Braille (visually or tactually) in order to finish the two required Braille courses and the Braille Proficiency Test.
In order to enroll for Practicum, each student is required to pass the Braille Proficiency Test. This test of the Unified English Braille code includes two sections: transcription (print to Braille) and interlining (Braille to print).
Note: Students in the Vision Studies Program must earn a B- or better in each vision core course on their program of study. Students who earn a C+ or below must repeat the course at their own expense and pay any associated fees.