VIL Course of Study

Visually Impaired Learner (VIL)

Course of Study

Program of study (endorsement only)

The program begins with one three-­week summer session, while the remainder of the program is delivered through web-­based applications and culminates with a student teaching experience in or near the student's local community. Summer session cannot be postponed; it will introduce you to the cohort model, assure that you have the skills to access the coursework via the internet and provide foundation courses.

Below is a sample endorsement program of study for student with special education licensure who has had SPED 548, 514, and 520 waived (9 credits):

                                                       

Year 1
Summer 12 credits
  • SPED 545 Orientation and Mobility/Life Skills (3)*
  • SPED 575 Braille III/Technology for the Visually Impaired (3)*
  • SPED 540 Foundations of Education for the Visually Impaired Learner (3)*
  • SPED 514 Legal and Ethical Foundations (3)
Fall 6 credits
  • SPED 541 Implications of Vision Problems (3)
  • SPED 546 Braille I (3)
Winter 6 credits
  • SPED 509 Practicum (3)
  • SPED 542 Assessment of the Visually Impaired Learner (3)
Spring 5 credits
  • SPED 576 Visually Impaired Learners with Additional Disabilities (3)
  • SPED 547 Braille II­ - Nemeth Code (2)
Year 2
Summer 9 credits
  • SPED 596 Research (3)
  • SPED 543 Reading and Literacy K-­12: VIL (3)
  • SPED 548 Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom (3)
Fall 6 credits
  • SPED 509 Practicum (3)
  • SPED 544 Methods of Instruction (3)

*hybrid 8 week courses with 3 weeks of face­-to-­face instruction in Portland


Program of study (initial licensure with master's degree)

The program begins with one three-week summer session, while the remainder of the program is delivered through web-­based applications and culminates with a student teaching experience in or near the student's local community. Summer session cannot be postponed; it will introduce you to the cohort model, assure that you have the skills to access the coursework via the internet and provide foundation courses.

This 65­ credit program for teachers of students with visual impairments (TSVIs) provides a master's degree and an initial licensure. Students complete the master’s core:

Master's core courses:

  • SPED 596: Research in Special Education
  • SPED 597: Issues and Practices in Special Education
  • SPED 506: Applied Project

                                                       

Year 1
Summer 12 credits
  • SPED 545 Orientation and Mobility/Life Skills (3)*
  • SPED 575 Braille III/Technology for the Visually Impaired (3)*
  • SPED 540 Foundations of Education for the Visually Impaired Learner (3)*
  • SPED 514 Legal and Ethical Foundations (3)
Fall 6 credits
  • SPED 541 Implications of Vision Problems (3)
  • SPED 546 Braille I (3)
Winter 6 credits
  • SPED 509 Practicum (3)
  • SPED 542 Assessment of the Visually Impaired Learner (3)
Spring 5 credits
  • SPED 576 Visually Impaired Learners with Additional Disabilities (3)
  • SPED 547 Braille II­ - Nemeth Code (2)
Year 2
Summer 9 credits
  • SPED 596 Research (3)
  • SPED 543 Reading and Literacy K-­12: VIL (3)
  • SPED 548 Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom (3)
Fall 6 credits
  • SPED 509 Practicum (3)
  • SPED 544 Methods of Instruction (3)
Winter 15 credits
  • SPED 597 Issues and Policy in Visual Impairment (3)
  • SPED 525 Student Teaching (12)
Spring 6 credits
  • SPED 520 Collaboration (3)
  • SPED 506 Applied Project (3)

*hybrid 8 week courses with 3 weeks of face­-to-­face instruction in Portland


Online learning requirements

Envision online learning...

  • Web-based courses support you to learn new skills, complete assignments and interact with professors and classmates from your own computer.
  • Program faculty work with you to arrange field experiences and apply newly acquired skills in your home community.
  • Learning in an online environment offers more flexibility while also requiring more self direction and self motivation.

Distance education students must have:

  • Access to a personal, reliable DSL, cable or wireless network
  • A personal computer (Windows preferred); the Macintosh operating system often will not accommodate assistive technology developed for the visually impaired, and often may be unable to share files.
  • A sound card installed, with speakers or headphones
  • Ability to play DVDs
  • Ability to use interactive CD ROMs
  • Access to a Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. AOL browsers will not work.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Windows Media Player - or comparable media player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Braille fonts

Distance education students must have the following basic skills:

  • Ability to use email, including knowing how to attach files to emails
  • Ability to name, save and edit Microsoft Word files
  • Ability to use digital photographs
  • Ability to use Internet search engines
  • Ability to download, install and uninstall software

Licensure

During the term of your student teaching, you will need to take the PRAXIS exam in the area of visual impairment. This is required prior to licensure. Upon completion of all requirements, you will receive Initial Oregon Licensure or Oregon endorsement. This licensure is recognized in all surrounding states to provide appropriate certificates or endorsement in your home state. If you complete the full program you will receive the Master of Science in Education.