Love working with people? Driven to make our world a better place?
If you have a huge heart and you’re up for a huge—and rewarding—challenge, consider Florida State University’s combined BS/MS pathway in Visual Disabilities Education, the only program of its kind in the Southeast.
As a teacher of visually impaired students (TVI), you will:
Florida State offers one of the most respected and longest-standing programs in the nation.
Hit the ground running with both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees and eligibility for:
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.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow by 6 percent through 2024. That translates into 28,100 new jobs. The median national annual salary for special education teachers is $57,910 per year. Your income as a special education teacher may be slightly higher than that of a general classroom teacher, depending on the school district in which you teach.
With a master’s degree, you’ll also have more job opportunities than you would with just a bachelor’s. You could pursue a career in a school district, state education agency, corporate or non-profit organization, or higher education institution.
Looking for a standalone master’s degree in Visual Disabilities? Click here!
The FSU College of Education offers over $400,000 in scholarship and fellowship opportunities – more than any other public College of Education in the state of Florida. On top of that, the state of Florida is nationally ranked in the top 2 for lowest tuition. The tuition at Florida State University is an even better bargain compared to other public research universities. You can find information about tuition at FSU here.
Students in the Visual Disabilities Education program may also be eligible for grant support from the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible students can get half of the cost of in-state tuition covered, plus a stipend of $1,000 per semester (undergraduates) or $2,500 per semester (graduates). Acceptance of these funds requires a commitment to work with students with visual impairments (ages birth to 22) in the United States. Please contact Dr. Sandy Lewis for more details.