Visual Impairment Certification Preparation Program
Texas Tech University's College of Education offers the required curriculum for the Texas State Board for Educator Certification Visual Impairment Supplemental Certificate EC-12 online. Certification also requires the successful completion of two TExES examinations. The Visual Impairment Certification Preparation Program is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Masters of Education in Special Education.
The Special Education Program prepares educators and specialists to empower persons with exceptionalities to become independent and fully integrated members of a perse society. All programs focus on teaching and clinical experiences, issues of justice and persity, development and infusion of technology, and educator proficiencies and knowledge.
To accommodate the needs of working professionals, some of the graduate programs are offered through distance education. Classes will focus on pedagogical methods for teaching the visually impaired, overcoming sight and mobility issues, working in Braille and other alternative mediums, and teaching students with multiple disabilities.
This program contains 24 credit hours. Certification programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's degree program. Most courses are offered online; however, three courses require one weekend each of on-campus instruction in Lubbock or Austin, Texas. A prerequisite of a bachelor's degree and initial teaching certification in general or special education is required. Completion time varies. Students may take up to three classes each semester and two over the summer, making completion time vary by inpidual.
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
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