Teacher of Student with Viusal Impairments (MAE)
150 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Head: Dr. Frank Kohler, Interim Head
Phone: (319) 273-7484
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Susan Etscheidt
Phone: (319) 273-3279
Read the UNI Catalog description:
This major will lead to an M.A.E. degree for teaching students with visual impairments from birth to 21. Students must complete the requirements for Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Education major at the B.A. level to be enrolled in this major.
Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Special Education for other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.
The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.
Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.
This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 44 hours is required for the thesis option; a minimum of 41 hours is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required on the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required on the non-thesis option.
Successful completion of a thesis and a comprehensive examination are required for the thesis option. Successful completion of a research paper and a comprehensive examination are required for the non-thesis option.
Note that students should take an additional nine hours of student teaching to qualify for the Teacher of Students With Visual Impairments State Endorsement.
Required professional core
Foundations of Instructional Psychology
Philosophy of Education
Measurement and Research:
Required special education core
Qualitative Research in Special Education
Single-subject Research Applications
TVI emphasis requirement
Current Issues in Visual Impairments
Braille Learning and Tactile Communication I
Introduction to Visual Impairments
Foundations of Orientation and Mobility
Methods of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Anatomy of the Eye and Educational Implications of Low Vision
Introduction to Assistive Technology for Instruction
Experience in Special Education (2 required for a total of 6 hrs)
Thesis (6 hrs.)
Non-thesis (3 hrs.)
Total hours thesis option
Total hours non-thesis option