The overall mission of the Curriculum and Instruction: Visual Disabilities program is to prepare you to teach people who are visually impaired (blind or low vision). Our graduates have a personal and professional commitment to improving the opportunities for individuals who are blind or have low vision. As such, program graduates have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide appropriate services to address the diverse needs of people who are blind or visually impaired and their families in a variety of education and community settings. Because there is a tremendous demand for teachers of children who are visually impaired, our students are easily able to find employment upon graduation.
Access to opportunity is the foundation for instructing, supporting, and providing services to individuals who are blind or who have low vision. Because people with visual impairments cannot incidentally access the environment with ease, they require direct experiences with, and specific instruction about, their world. Individuals with visual impairment require instructional techniques that are unlike the strategies needed by other populations of learners, with or without disabilities. The role of the teacher of children who are visually impaired is to provide meaningful experiential, hands-on activities in natural, flexible learning environments. Ultimately, our graduates teach skills that promote independence and increased inclusion in society for adults who are visually impaired.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:
M.S. and Ed.S. Applicant Target Scores:
Verbal – 146+
Quantitative – 140+
Ph.D. Applicant Target Scores:
Verbal – 151+
Quantitative – 145+
Writing – 3.5+
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
Applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:
To learn more about financial aid opportunities for College of Education students, please see Scholarships and Aid.
Every year in Florida, jobs go unfilled and students go unserved because so few people know about this rewarding and satisfying field of education.
Results from a recent study indicate that there is a need for 5,000 new Teachers of Children with Visual Impairments (TVIs) and a need for 10,000 new Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists to work with children and adults with visual impairments across the U.S.
These teachers and specialists help children and adults who are blind or who have low vision to achieve their educational goals and prepare for the future. They work with individuals with visual impairments and their parents, educators, rehabilitation centers, and community agencies.