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:
- Successful completion of an approved program of study providing 39 hours of graduate credit.
- 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.
|I. Research Competencies
|Introduction to Research in Education
|II. Professional Studies
|Instructional Strategies for Reading in Grades PK-5: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments
|Standards-Based Assessment for PK-12
|III. Visual Impairment Studies
|Nature and Needs of Learners with Visual Impairment
|Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders of the Visual System
|Functional Low Vision Assessment and Intervention
|Literary Braille Code
|Assistive and Instructional Technology for Learners with Visual Impairment
|Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairment
|Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities
|Assessment and Educational Methods for Learners with Visual Impairment
|Practicum in Special Education: Visual Impairment