Indiana State University offers the Visual Impairment Licensure
Program which is designed to prepare Indiana teachers to work with
students who are blind or have low vision. The program is made
possible by the Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Loss
(PASS) grant which is funded by the Indiana Department of Education
through the Blumberg Center.
This 16-credit-hour program may be completed in 24 months of study. Students begin in spring and follow the program sequence (spring: 3 credits; summer: 3 credits; fall: 3 credits; spring: 3 credits; summer: 3 credits; fall: 1 credit).
All courses are offered online with required face-to-face classes
and weekend seminars. Coursework from other colleges/universities in
the area of blind/low vision do not count toward completion of the
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Program Benefits - October 2013 through September 2014:
The PASS grant provides textbooks and
supplementary materials at no cost for students who are accepted
into the program if they are a teacher employed by a school system
or special education planning district in Indiana.
In addition, PASS will make hotel reservations and pay for lodging costs for students who live more than fifty miles (one-way) from where weekend seminars are held (must be employed by a Indiana school system or special education planning district).
These benefits are subject to change each grant year.
High-speed Internet access, a webcam, and microphone are required.
Students are expected to perform and compose work at a graduate level. On-line coursework is similar to a guided independent study. A significant amount of time reading and completing assignments is necessary in order to successfully complete the requirements of the coursework (typically 9-12 hours per week).
Each course in the program may require field components which will involve identifying, observing and/or interacting with students who are blind/low vision, their families, and other VI professionals.
Priority for enrollment is given to teachers working on an Emergency Permit from the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing and Development in the area of Blind/Low Vision.
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by an accredited institution.
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate course work, or
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level.
Hold or be eligible for an Indiana teaching license in Special Education or General Education. (Additional coursework may be required for those with a license in General Education.)
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.
To be considered, the application packet must include the following items:
A copy of transcripts for all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). Official transcripts are accepted, but not required.
A copy of your Indiana teaching license(s).
A letter of recommendation from your current supervisor (if currently teaching); or a letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your teaching and interpersonal skills (if not currently employed); or a letter of recommendation by one of your undergraduate professors (if a recent graduate).
A resume including employment information and work experience.
A written statement of purpose that explains how the Blind/Low Vision certification fits in with your professional goals. The statement should be one to two pages, double-spaced, and typed in either ten- or twelve-point font.
Mail/Fax the completed application packet to:
Attn: Marcee Wilburn
Blumberg Center, Bayh College of Education
Indiana State University
401 North 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to university records, and other important university services, including e-mail, and university announcements.
Fees & Expenses:
Students in this graduate level program pay for tuition costs and fees. For more information, visit tuition and fees.
Financial Aid & Assistance:
Project Coordinator, PASS
Indiana State University
Please note that distance education is not for everyone. Distance education requires self-motivation, discipline, and an ability to independently complete assignments in a timely manner. Web-based learning can be best described as a facilitated self-study. There are traditional training programs throughout the country that may be better suited for some individuals' learning styles. The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) tries to keep an updated list of those programs at www.aerbvi.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=107.