The Curriculum and Instruction: Visual Disabilities program prepares you to teach people who are visually impaired (blind or low vision).
Teaching students with visual impairments is unlike any other type of teaching. The Visual Disabilities Program at Florida State University teaches specialized strategies to help students who are visually impaired (those who are blind or who have low vision). Teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) enable and empower students. In their classrooms, TVIs equip their students with all the skills every adult, needs, regardless of ability.
TVIs do more than teach educational and practical skills. They also teach students the skills necessary for them to navigate social situations. Additionally, TVIs assist students with lifestyle skills for future professional development and independent living.
Both public and private institutions have tremendous demand for teachers of the visually impaired. Our highly sought-after graduates enjoy a 100% employment rate throughout Florida and the nation!
FSU now offers three options for those interested in becoming teachers of the visually impaired. The options include:
Upon completion of our program, graduates are eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Visually Impaired (K-12). Students who complete the O&M specialization can also apply for national certification from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) in orientation and mobility.
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.