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FAQ for Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired Programs

What is an itinerant teacher?

In New Jersey most students who are blind/visually impaired attend their neighborhood schools. Their educational needs are typically met by regular classroom teachers in cooperation with an itinerant teacher from the New Jersey Commission for the Blind/Visually Impaired. The itinerant teacher serves students in several schools, providing specialized materials, consultation with school personnel, and individualized instruction in Braille and other blindness-related skills.

What kinds of field experiences does the program offer?

After completing field-based assignments in several courses, you will complete a one-semester full-time student teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher who is certified as a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

When I graduate, what will I be qualified to teach?

You will be certified to teach students who are blind/visually impaired in most grade levels. To be “highly qualified” at the high school level, you will need to pass the PRAXIS test in a specific content area.

Does this program enable me to teach special education?

Yes. As part of the 5-year program, you will also be certified as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

Do I need to know Braille to apply?

No. You will learn how to read, write, and teach Braille as part of the program.

What if I already have a master’s degree?

For NJ certified teachers who already hold a master’s degree, the college offers an 18- to 24-credit post master’s program.

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