Financial Support Offered for Online Program in Visual Impairments

West Virginia University announces the nationwide availability of its online graduate program for teaching certification in visual impairments and/or a master’s degree in special education: low vision/blindness.

A federally funded project is now available to provide financial support for students who are completing requirements to become certified in visual impairments through reimbursement of all tuition and fees. To qualify, students must complete courses with a grade of A or B and promise to work in the field for two years for each year of program support upon completion.

WVU also offers TAECH grant loans for individuals who agree to work in a high-need school system for a period of four years after completion. Participants must apply for the program by the application deadline of August 1, 2011,

All courses in this program are offered entirely online through live, interactive class sessions, as well as other web-based learning activities. Both in-state and out-of-state students pay the low resident tuition rates through a special agreement with the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus.

All field and practicum experiences are completed in the student’s local community, in the job setting if s/he works with students with visual impairments or in an appropriate classroom, under the supervision of a qualified practitioner with online support from a university supervisor.

This program is tailored to the requirements for teaching certification in West Virginia, but it meets all national standards in this area of specialization. Individuals who work or plan to work in states other than WV should contact their state education agency to determine if this program will meet requirements for certification in visual impairments in that state.

WVU has over 25 years of excellence in preparing special education personnel, has earned national awards for its innovative uses of distance education technologies and is fully accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education.

WVU has a decade of experience in online course and program delivery and employs faculty specially selected for their content expertise and extensive classroom experience, as well as their effectiveness in supporting adult learning.

To request a brochure with detailed information about the program and an application form, please contact or 304-293-7143.

2 thoughts on “Financial Support Offered for Online Program in Visual Impairments”

  1. I am interested in applying for your program for teaching certification in visual impairments. I just accepted a position to teach the preschool program at Visually Impaired Preschool Services.

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