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 Graduate College

Teacher of Student with Viusal Impairments (MAE)

Department of Special Education
150 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Head: Dr. William Callahan, Interim Head
Phone: (319) 273-6061

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

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

Educational Psychology:

EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)

Foundations of Instructional Psychology


or SOCFOUND 6234 (260:234)

Philosophy of Education

Measurement and Research:

MEASRES 6205 (250:205)

Educational Research


Required special education core

Special Education:

SPED 6293 (220:293)

Qualitative Research in Special Education


SPED 6295 (220:295)

Single-subject Research Applications


TVI emphasis requirement

Special Education:

SPED 4125/5125 (220:125g)

Current Issues in Visual Impairments


SPED 4126/5126 (220:126g)

Braille Learning and Tactile Communication I


SPED 4132/5132 (220:132g)

Introduction to Visual Impairments


SPED 4134/5134 (220:134g)

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility


SPED 4136/5136 (220:136g)

Methods of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments


SPED 4138/5138 (220:138g)

Anatomy of the Eye and Educational Implications of Low Vision


SPED 4153/5153 (220:153g)

Introduction to Assistive Technology for Instruction


SPED 4192/5192 (220:192g)

Experience in Special Education (2 required for a total of 6 hrs)




SPED 6299 (220:299)


Thesis (6 hrs.)

Non-thesis (3 hrs.)

Total hours thesis option


Total hours non-thesis option