Special Education (Visual Impairment) (BAE)
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The BAE in Special Education with a concentration in Visual Impairment will prepare you to work with blind and partially sighted students across educational settings. It leads to dual-certification in Visual Impairment (birth – grade 12) and Mild-Moderate Special Education (K – 12).

What you’ll learn
This degree will provide you with a strong foundation in evidence-based, high-leverage practices in special education. The Visual Impairment concentration focuses on diagnostic assessment, orientation and mobility skills, and specific teaching methodologies for students with visual impairments. It includes a strong focus on assistive technology to advance learning in the classroom and in daily life. Candidates are taught to work collaboratively with parents, classroom teachers and related service personnel to meet the unique needs of students with visual impairments. The curriculum is aligned with Arizona and national standards consistent with the Council for Exceptional Children.

Program delivery
Classes are offered in a combination of face-to-face, hybrid and online formats. Classes in the junior and senior year are primarily offered in late afternoons or evenings.

Starting in Term 5 (typically your junior year), the program is delivered in partnership with the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, Arizona. Courses are taught by faculty associates from FBC and full-time ASU faculty to provide candidates with theoretical and practical perspectives on teaching and learning for individuals with visual impairments. Students will take face-to-face classes at an ASU campus and the FBC main campus.

MLFTC Professional Pathways
Your professional experiences (internships and student teaching) will take place at the Foundation for Blind Children and within a local school district, providing experiences that will prepare you to teach in self-contained and inclusive settings.

Certifications and endorsements
The courses within this degree and concentration meet the requirements for two teaching certificates offered by the Arizona Department of Education: Visually Impaired Special Education, birth – grade 12; and Mild-Moderate Disabilities Special Education, K–12. The program also offers a full structured English immersion endorsement (Structured English Immersion, Pre-K–12) to work with English language learners, and provides extensive experiences in integrating technology into teaching.

Degree Offered

Special Education (Visual Impairment) (BAE)

Tempe, West

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Graduates are certified to teach in a variety of special education settings such as resource rooms, self-contained classrooms and co-teaching with general educators. Additional opportunities in the field of education also exist in terms of state agencies, curriculum design and private school opportunities.

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