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Course Sequence for Post-Master’s Teacher of Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment

This program is designed to prepare individuals who hold a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing (CEAS) in a teaching area to obtain certification as a Teacher of Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment.

Program Highlights

The Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired Program offers unique features:

  • The opportunity to learn literary Braille, Nemeth Code, and the special strategies for teaching blind/visually impaired children and supporting their education
  • The opportunity to gain competence in computer access technologies such as screen readers, electronic notetakers, and scan/read systems
  • Interaction with blind and visually impaired children and adults
  • Special topic discussion boards and chats
  • Invitations to seminars and workshops on the education and development of blind/visually impaired children

Courses / Advising Sheet

SPED 675/Research on Implications of Blindness and Visual Impairments, 3 s.h.
SPED 673/Literary Braille and Methods for Instruction, 3 s.h.
SPED 672/Strategies for Teaching Students who are Blind, 3 s.h.
SPED 674/Assistive Technology for Blind and Visually Impaired Students, 3 s.h.
SPED 671/Nemeth Code & Strategies for Developing Mathematical Skills in Students who use Braille, 3 s.h.
EDUC 513/Collaboration, Consultation and Partnerships, 3 s.h.
SPED 617/Graduate Practicum in Special Education, 3 s.h. Learn More
Elective (1): 3 s.h.

Total (prerequisite and program courses): 30 semester hours

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Program Requirements

In order to enter the program, candidates need New Jersey teacher certification (or equivalent) in either elementary education, secondary education (with teachable major), or special education. See Application Requirements and Prerequisites.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution
  • NJ teacher certification in elementary education, secondary education, or special education
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Letters of recommendation
  • An essay
  • GRE scores

If You Have Missed Application Deadlines

  • If you miss the application deadlines you may apply for temporary non-matriculation status.
  • Start the online application process described above and select Special Admit Special Education
  • Special Admit deadlines: August 1 for Fall and December 1 for January
  • Up to 6 credits taken under Special Admit non-matriculation status can be applied toward the degree

If You Are in Special Admit Non-Matriculation Status

  • Remember, only 6 credits taken under Special Admit non-matriculation status can be applied toward the degree
  • After that you must submit a complete application for matriculation before you will be able to take any more courses
  • The program code is SPEC_MEd06
  • Application deadlines: April 15 for Fall admission; October 15 for January admission
  • See “Application Requirements,” above

Transfer Credits

Graduate students can transfer credits from courses taken at other institutions if the courses meet the following requirements:

  • Course was at the graduate level
  • Grade was B or better
  • Course was taken within the past 5 years
  • Course must be appropriate to the program
  • Course must be approved by your advisor

For questions about the admissions process or matriculation, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 609-771-2300.

» FAQ for Teacher of Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment


The College is open with very limited on-campus staffing. All advising sessions will be conducted virtually through phone, Skype, or Google Hangout as determined with your education advisor.