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Academic Program Guide

Visual Disabilities Education

College: Education
Degree: Combined BS/MS
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Advisor
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760

Description of Major
The objective of the Visual Disabilities program is to prepare individuals to work with children who are blind or have low vision. Following graduation, the teacher may be employed in a variety of settings, such as a resource room or as an itinerant teacher in a public school, at a school for the blind, or at an agency serving children who have visual impairments. Most graduates find immediate employment in this field and lead satisfying professional lives facilitating the development of skills of children with visual impairments.

Prerequisite Coursework

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major

Application for admission to teacher education is distinct from admissions to an upper-division college or school and is made in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS). The departmental teacher education application can be accessed from . Students are formally admitted into this major for the Fall only.

Current FSU students: Submit department application by April 1st

Transfer students: Submit department application by April 1st

Submit University application by April 1st

Minimum admission requirements:
1. Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin),
2. Complete all General Ed/Liberal Studies requirements or an A.A. degree, within the Florida articulation agreement, with a grade of C or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course
3. Complete the pre-education coursework with grades of C minus or better
4. Achieve a passing score on each section of the General Knowledge section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
5. Achieve an overall 2.5 GPA minimum.
6. Satisfy the university Oral Communication Competency, Computer Literacy, multicultural/diversity, and Natural Science Lab requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate General Bulletin.

*Experience with individuals with visual disabilities is strongly suggested. *

* Note: Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. *

State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Pre-education coursework: (3 hours)
The following course must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better.
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

Program Prerequisite: (3 hours)
FAD X230, FAD X220, CHD X220, DEP X000, DEP X004, EDF X210, EEX X201 (3) developmental course


Major Program of Study at FSU: (84 hours)

Undergraduate Coursework: (51 hours)
EVI4121 (3) Anatomy and Diseases of the Eye for Blindness Professionals
EVI4011 (3) Introduction to Visual Disabilities
EVI4211 (3) Literary Braille
EVI4254 (3) Teaching Independent Living Skills to Students with Visual Impairments
EEX4770 (3) Study of Human Exceptionality
EVI4314 (3) Low Vision
EVI4212 (3) Nemeth Code and Supporting Math Instruction for Students with Visual Impairments
EVI4110 (3) Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments
EVI4324 (3) Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments in the Schools
EVI4220 (3) Introduction to Orientation and Mobility
RED4335 (3) Literacy Across the Content Areas
EVI4312 (3) Academic Modifications in the Public School Class
EVI4250 (3) Teaching Social and Career Skills to Students with Visual Impairments
EVI4330 (3) Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Other Disabilities
EVI4230 (3) Educational Management of Students with Visual Impairments
EVI4311 (3) Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Visual Impairments
TSL4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Areas

Graduate Coursework: (33 hours)
EVI5935 (3) Studies in Research on Individuals with Visual Impairment
EVI5226 (3) Developmentally Appropriate Orientation and Mobility
EEX5017 (3) Typical and Atypical Early Development
EVI5319 (3) Communication and Emergent Literacy for Young Children with Visual Impairments
EVI5355 (3) Issues of Blindness in Society
EVI 5xxx (3) Facilitating Transition of Students with Visual Impairments
EVI5131 (3) Teaching Deaf-Blind/Multisensory Impaired Individuals
EVI5942 (12) Student Teaching in Visual Disabilities
EEX8966 (0) Master’s Comprehensive Exam

Computer Skills Competency: (3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Program completion requires:
Passing the general knowledge, professional education, and subject area tests (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. These must be completed prior to the semester in which the student plans to student teach.

Admission to the FSU Graduate School is required for completion of the combined degree. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and submit a university graduate application during the last year of undergraduate coursework successful completion of the course. The Master’s degree is required to complete the program. Students must meet all graduation requirements established by the University, the College of Education and the curriculum. There are no degree options if the student does not complete the entire curriculum.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

Total Hours Required: 138
General Education: 36
Pre-education coursework: 3
Program prerequisite coursework: 3
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 12
Undergraduate coursework: 51
Graduate Coursework: 33
Computer Skills: 3 (within General Education/elective coursework)
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 (within General Education/elective coursework)

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. All of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles: Resource Room Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Itinerant Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Transition Specialist for students with Visual Impairments, Preschool Specialist for Young Children with Visual Impairments, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Program Specialist, ESE Administrator, Agency Director, Principal, Superintendent of School for the Blind, Educational Diagnostician, Educational Consultant.

Representative Employers: School Boards, Rehabilitation Centers, Community Agencies, Governmental Agency Schools, Division of Blind Services, Private Residential Schools.

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