Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
Visual Impairment Graduate Certification Preparation Program
Play an important role in students’ and families’ lives as a Kutztown University offers Visual Impairment Certification Preparation as a post-baccalaureate program. Whether you are already teacher-certified or not, our program can be adapted to prepare you to take the Praxis II visual impairment examination and internship.
Program at a glance
Specializing in visual impairment
TVIs, or teachers of the visually impaired, receive specialized training to support students who are blind or visually impaired. They are certified to provide vision support from birth to age 21. This is an instructional position – not a vision therapist or medical provider.
TVIs have the flexibility to provide instruction either in a small classroom or in a 1:1 individualized setting. They learn Braille and how to use specialized technology that supports students with visual impairments and enables them to have the richest possible educational experience.
Required courses for the certificate only are:
What makes Kutztown University’s program unique?
KU is one of only three institutions in Pennsylvania to offer a post-baccalaureate certification program for TVIs, and the only program at a state university in Pennsylvania.
Graduates with these credentials have strong job placement success, however, because there is a large demand across the U.S. for certified teachers of students with visual impairments, according to Indeed.
As a post-baccalaureate certification student, you will be part of an extraordinary network of students and faculty who make this program outstanding among others of its kind. KU students have opportunities to present research studies at state and national conferences across the U.S., as well as serve as representatives on national boards.
The resources that are provided to us are classic and the examples are real-world examples that we are very much likely to encounter. I appreciate that the program has made an effort to represent the families’ perspectives and try and build in empathy. I’ve been very happy with the program.Sylvia Greenberg, graduate student
Master’s degree opportunity
Students can choose to pursue the visual impairment as a track within the M.Ed. in Multicultural Education program (15-credits within a 33-credit master’s). Through this concentration, teacher candidates who only want to teach students with visual impairments will achieve a thorough understanding of all required PDE and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) competencies for their certification requirements. Field experiences are provided and candidates will experience them in both elementary education and visual impairment settings.
How to apply
The certification program begins each winter (December) and summer (May) term. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, ahead of the deadlines of November 1 and May 1.
Applicants who wish to earn the M.Ed. in Multicultural Education should refer to that program page for additional application requirements.
For more information, please email Dr. Nicole Johnson or call 610-683-4297.
Student Learning Outcomes
All initial teacher certification programs use the ten InTASC standards (required by CAEP accreditation) as their Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The ten InTASC standards are organized in 4 domains (The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility).