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Academic Program Guide


Visual Disabilities Education


ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2016 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The objective of the Visual Disabilities program is to prepare individuals to work with children who are blind of have low vision. Most graduates find immediate employment in this field and lead satisfying professional lives facilitating the development of the skills of children with visual impairments. The Visual Disabilities Education degree at Florida State University is a 5 year combined Bachelor's/Master's degree program. By completing this degree, Students are eligible for Bachelor-level certification in teaching students with visual impairments (K-12). The Visual Disabilities Education major is a limited-enrollment major that only admits new students in fall semesters. A departmental application is required to be considered for admission. The deadline to apply is April 1st. Eligibility is based on the requirements outlined on the college website: http://education.fsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/teacher-education.

Mapping Coordinator: Frank Amidon
Email: famidon@fsu.edu

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC11013
GE Mathematics: MAC1105 strongly recommended 3
GE History3
GE Social Science3
GE Ethics3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Visit A.C.E for Strategies for Test Preparation workshop
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 3
GE Mathematics or Statistics: STA1013 strongly recommended3
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Natural Science and Lab4
EDF1005 3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics ( ≥ C minus )
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Strongly Recommended: Take and pass all sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Exam
Term 3 hrs
E-Series: IFS2020 recommended3
SPC 1017, SPC 2608, COM 2080 or other Oral Communication Competency Course 3
GE Natural Science3
1st Scholarship in Practice (SIP) course3
GE Elective3
Milestones 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics ( ≥ C minus )
Complete EDF 1005 ( ≥ C minus)
Take and pass Florida Teaching Certification Exam - General Knowledge
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Strongly Recommended: Complete Oral Communication Competency Requirement
Term 4 hrs
EDF2085 or Elective3
EME2040 or other Computer Literacy Course3
FAD2230, FAD3220, CHD2220, DEP2000, DEP2004, EDF4210 or EEX42013
GE Elective3
GE Elective3
Milestones 4
Complete Oral Communication Competency Requirement
Complete Multicultural/ Diversity Requirement
Complete (1) developmental course: FAD2230, FAD3220, CHD2220, DEP2000, DEP2004, EDF4210, EEX4201 with C minus or better
Complete Computer Literacy Requirement
Complete all General Education requirements
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Apply to program by April 1st
Term 5 hrs
EVI41213
EVI40113
EVI42113
EVI42543
EEX47703
Milestones 5
Complete Term 5 courses ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.0 in order to be admitted to FSU Graduate School
Term 6 hrs
EVI43143
EVI42123
EVI41103
EVI43243
EVI42203
..
Summer .
RED43353
EVI43123
EVI42503
Milestones 6
Complete Term 6 courses ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.00 in order to be admitted to FSU Graduate School
Visit A.C.E. for free Getting Ready for the GRE test preparation workshop
.
Summer
Complete Summer Term 1 ( ≥ C + )
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.00 in order to be admitted to FSU Graduate School
Term 7 hrs
EVI43303
EVI42303
EVI43113
TSL43243
Milestones 7
Complete Term 7 ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.00 in order to be admitted to FSU Graduate School
Take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
Term 8 hrs
EVI59353
EVI52263
EEX50173
EVI53193
..
..
Summer .
EVI53553
EVI 5xxx3
EEX89660
Milestones 8
Complete Term 8 ( ≥ B)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.00 in order to be admitted to FSU Graduate School
Pass FTCE Professional Knowledge and Subject Area exams
Apply to FSU Graduate School by March 1st
.
Summer
Complete Summer Term 2
Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.00
Term 9 hrs
EVI594212
EVI51313
Milestones 9
Earn Satisfactory grade in student teaching internship
Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.00
Apply for graduation within first 2 weeks of semester

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: 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.

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

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at: global.fsu.edu/undergraduate-students/going-abroad.

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.



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