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Master of Education in Special Education

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Dickinson Hall 300, (501) 683-7088 or (501) 569-3124

The special education emphasis in Teaching Students with Visual Impairments prepares teachers to work with students with low vision or blindness in a variety of settings, such as residential schools and resource rooms within public school facilities, or as consulting teachers. Candidates learn to provide appropriate instruction to students with low vision or blindness, including those with additional impairments.

Student Support

The Arkansas Department of Education offers financial assistance to candidates who are completing this program to gain employment as a vision specialist in Arkansas. Assistance is available in the form of tuition reimbursements, a textbook stipend, and, for individuals living outside a 50-mile radius of Little Rock, a travel stipend. Contact the TSVI advisor at the phone number above for details.

Program Requirements

The special education master’s degree with an emphasis in teaching students with visual impairments requires 36 credit hours. Candidates may be recommended for licensure prior to completing the degree program.

Special Education Core Courses

  • SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education
  • SPED 7305 Managing the Learning Environment
  • SPED 7344 Collaborative Partnerships
  • EDFN 7303 Intro to Educational Research
  • SPED 7309 Seminar in Special Education

Emphasis Area Courses

  • SPED 7325 Physiology of the Human Visual System
  • SPED 7327 Standard English Braille
  • SPED 7222 Math Tools & Techniques
  • SPED 7320 Assessment & Instructional Design I
  • SPED 7194 Practicum in Visual Impairment I
  • SPED 7321 Assessment & Instructional Design II
  • SPED 7195 Practicum in Visual Impairment II
  • SPED 7323 O&M for Teachers
  • SPED 7123 Technology for Students Visual. Imp.
  • SPED 7196 Practicum in Visual Impairment III

Some courses in this Special Education emphasis area are taught over the Internet as Distance Ed courses.  Individuals considering application to this program should be aware of the equipment requirements:

Minimum System requirements  Accessing course materials with a 56k modem and dial-up Internet service may be possible in some geographic areas, but a faster connection is strongly recommended.

Real Player (available free at http://forms.real.com/netzip/getrde601.html ) is needed for videostreaming.  Course materials are designed to work optimally with Internet Explorer 6 or greater and the Microsoft Office package including Word.�

Updated 4.14.2009