Academic Catalog

Visual Impairment, Master of Education in Special Education

The Master of Education degree in Special Education: Visual Impairment is a degree offered collaboratively by USC Upstate and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. Orientation sessions for potential candidates are offered prior to the beginning of the summer sessions and at the beginning of the fall semester.  More information about this program is available from the USC Upstate Graduate Programs Office at 864-503-5573.

The Masters in Special Education-Visual Impairment requires:

  1. Successful completion of an approved program of study providing 39 hours of graduate credit.
  2. Successful completion of a case study demonstrating competency in working with individuals with visual impairment. The portfolio will be a requirement in EDVI U735 Practicum in Special Education: Visual Impairment.

For the degree, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required on the total graduate program.  An accumulation of grades below B on 12 hours of graduate work attempted at the university will disqualify a student for a graduate degree.

Every candidate admitted for the degree of Master of Education in Special Education - Visual Impairment will have a faculty advisor assigned to monitor the program of study. The program is a Cohort model intended to be completed in two calendar years; however the program may be extended over four years. Embedded in degree requirements are courses required for an endorsement in visual impairment education.

Required Courses

Core (21)
EDRM U700Introduction to Research in Education3
EDTE U726Standards-Based Assessment for PK-123
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 U717Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairment3
Content Concentration (18)
Select one of the following:
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
EDLC U721Instructional Strategies for Reading in Grades PK-53
EDVI U706Advanced Braille3
EDVI U712Assistive and Instructional Technology for Learners with Visual Impairment3
EDVI U724Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities3
EDVI U730Assessment and Educational Methods for Learners with Visual Impairment3
EDVI U735Practicum in Special Education: Visual Impairment3
Orientation and Mobility
EDVI U718Fundamental Techniques in Orientation and Mobility3
EDVI U719Advanced Techniques and Theory in Orientation and Mobility3
EDVI U721Orientation and Mobility for Diverse Population3
EDVI U722Orientation and Mobility Internship I3
EDVI U722Orientation and Mobility Internship I3
EDVI U7233
Total Hours 39