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Academic Program Guide


Visual Disabilities Education


ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2017 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 Visual Disabilities Education program is a combined BS/MS degree program and is designed to prepare students to work with individuals who are blind of have low vision. The BS/MS program requires two years of upper-division undergraduate coursework plus one additional year of graduate coursework. Students must complete the Master's portion of the combined-degree program to receive the Bachelor's degree. All prospective students for Visual Disabilities Education must apply for formal admission to Educator Preparation through the College of Education by April 1. The Educator Preparation application and admission requirements are available online at http://education.fsu.edu/teacher-ed-admissions.

Visual Disabilities Education is a limited access/enrollment program. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.

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

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Core Mathematics (MAC 1105 College Algebra 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 free Strategies for Test Preparation workshop (ace.fsu.edu/workshops)
Visit College of Education test preparation site (education.fsu.edu/test-prep)
Term 2 hrs
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics (STA 1013 Statistics Through Example strongly recommended)3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
1st GE Natural Science and Lab4
EDF 1005 Introduction to Education3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics ( ≥ C minus )
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Strongly Recommend: Take and pass all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Exam (www.fl.nesinc.com)
Term 3 hrs
E-Series Course3
2nd GE Natural Science 3
Scholarship in Practice course3
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech, SPC 2608 Public Speaking, COM 2080 Online Communication and Presence or other Oral Communication Competency Course3
GE Elective3
Milestones 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics ( ≥ C minus )
Complete EDF 1005 ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Strongly Recommend: Oral Communication Competency Requirement
Take and pass all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Exam (www.fl.nesinc.com)
Term 4 hrs
EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Teachers or Elective3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology or any other Computer Literacy course3
GE Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Milestones 4
Complete all General Education requirements
Complete the following University-Wide Graduation Requirements: Natural Science Lab, Computer Competency, Diversity, Oral Communication Competency, State-Mandated Writing, and 1st Scholarship-In-Practice
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Apply to program by April 1 (education.fsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions)
Term 5 hrs
EVI 4121 Anatomy and Diseases of the Eye for Blindness Professionals3
EVI 4011 Introduction to Visual Disabilities3
EVI 4211 Literary Braille3
EVI 4254 Teaching Independent Living Skills to Students with Visual Impairments3
EEX 4770 Study of Human Exceptionality3
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 Graduate School
Term 6 hrs
EVI 4314 Low Vision3
EVI 4212 Nemeth Code and Supporting Math Instruction for Students with Visual Impairments3
EVI 4110 Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments3
EVI 4324 Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments in the Schools3
EVI 4220 Introduction to Orientation and Mobility3
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Summer .
RED 4310 Early Literacy Learning3
EVI 4312 Academic Modifications for Students with Visual Impairments3
EVI 4250 Teaching Social and Career Skills to Students with Visual Impairments3
Milestones 6
Complete Term 6 courses ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.0 in order to be admitted to Graduate School
Visit A.C.E. for free Getting Ready for the GRE test preparation workshop (ace.fsu.edu/workshops)
Visit College of Education test preparation site (education.fsu.edu/test-prep)
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Summer
Complete Summer Term courses ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.0 in order to be admitted to Graduate School
Term 7 hrs
EVI 4330 Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Other Disabilities3
EVI 4230 Educational Management of Students with Visual Impairments3
EVI 4311 Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Visual Impairments3
TSL 4324 ESOL Instruction in the Content Areas3
Milestones 7
Complete Term 7 courses ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper division GPA must be ≥ 3.0 in order to be admitted to Graduate School
Take the GRE (http://www.ets.org/gre)
Term 8 hrs
EVI 5935 Studies in Research on Individuals with Visual Impairment3
EVI 5131 Teaching Individuals with Deaf/Blindness3
EEX 5017 Typical and Atypical Early Development3
EEX 5xxx Advanced Methods in Visual Impairment3
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Summer .
EVI 5355 Issues of Blindness in Society3
EVI 5226 Developmentally Appropriate Orientation and Mobility3
EEX 8966 Masters Comprehensive Exam0
Milestones 8
Complete Term 8 Grad courses ( ≥ B)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Upper-division GPA must be ≥ 3.0 in order to be admitted to Graduate School
Pass FTCE Subject Area Exam and Professional Knowledge Exam
Apply to Graduate School by March 1 (admissions.fsu.edu/graduate)
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Summer
Complete Summer term coursework ( ≥ C minus)
Earn satisfactory grade in Master’s Comprehensive Exam
Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.00
Term 9 hrs
EVI 5942 Student Teaching in Visual Disabilities12
EEX 5708 Teaming with Families, Schools, and Community3
Milestones 9
Earn Satisfactory grade in student teaching internship
Complete Term 9 coursework ( ≥ C minus)
Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.00

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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