Blindness and Low Vision

The blindness and low vision (B&LV) emphasis is designed to provide intensive research based instruction in regard to assessment and programming for individuals identified with blindness or low vision. Coursework will emphasize Braille instruction, as well as the use of varied technology options to support individuals with Blindness or Low Vision across multiple environments. Our courses are offered online to support broad delivery, and our program is approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). 

For more information about the B&LV emphasis area, contact Dr. Tamara Arthaud Program Coordinator.

For details regarding the MSED Comprehensive Examination in the Blindness and Low vision Program and Orientation & Mobility Program, see this link:

Requirements of the Comprehensive Exam for the Blindness, Low Vision, Orientation and Mobility program.

In addition to the core classes, the following 21 hours of coursework are required (Totaling 33 hours):

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SPE 605* Braille Reading and Writing I 3 hrs
SPE 606* Principles of Orientation and Mobility 2 hrs
SPE 607* Services and Diversity in Blindness and Low Vision and Additional Disabilities 3 hrs
SPE 608* Low Vision, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Eye 2 hrs
SPE 709* Methods of Teaching Students with Blindness or Low Vision and Multiple Disabilities 3  hrs
SPE 711* Braille Reading and Writing II         3 hrs
SPE 730* Health, Functional, and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities 2 hrs
SPE 733* Methods of Teaching Independent Living Skills to Persons with Blindness or Low Vision 3 hrs
SPE 750* Internship: Blindness and Low Vision 3 hrs
SPE 779* Application of Technology In Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 780* Contemporary Issues in Special Education 3 hrs
  To Total 39 hours

NOTE:  Additional course work may be required based on the candidate’s previous qualifications and previous certifications.

* Offered via internet.