Academic Catalog

Visual Impairment, Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education

USC Upstate and its partner, the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, will provide rigorous, comprehensive training and supervised fieldwork that will equip teacher candidates in meeting the diverse needs of students with visual impairment aged 3-21. Field experiences begin the first semester of the program and continue throughout the program. Students will have two seven-week field placements: one placement in a special education resource or residential setting, the other placement as an itinerant teacher serving students on multiple campuses.

Required Courses

I. Foundations
EDPS U715Advanced Perspectives on Educating Individuals with Disabilities3
EDLC U720Foundations of Literacy3
II. Professional Studies
EDLC U721VInstructional Strategies for Reading in Grades PK-5: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments3
EDTE U726Standards-Based Assessment for PK-123
III. Visual Impairment Studies
EDVI U610Nature and Needs of Learners with Visual Impairment3
EDVI U650Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders of the Visual System3
EDVI U675Functional Low Vision Assessment and Intervention3
EDVI U705Literary Braille Code3
EDVI U706Advanced Braille3
EDVI U712Assistive and Instructional Technology for Learners with Visual Impairment3
EDVI U717Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairment3
EDVI U724Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities3
EDVI U730Assessment and Educational Methods for Learners with Visual Impairment3
IV. Student Teaching/Internship
Total Hours45