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Visual Impairments Emphasis


Hands reading BrailleThe visual impairments emphasis allows teachers to teach students who are blind or have visual impairments kindergarten to twelfth grade.  This program is a Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program in Sensory Impairments with the Special Education Departments at Utah State University and the University of Utah.  Once admitted to the major, students will take courses both at USU (fall and spring terms) and at the University of Utah in the summers.  This Consortium is one of only 35 programs in visual impairments in the United States. 

Courses address characteristics of disabilities, inclusion of students in general education, behavioral interventions, assessment, effective instruction, consulting with parents and teachers, assistive technology, Literary Braille, Nemeth Braille, orientation and mobility, and policies and procedures.

Students are admitted to Utah State University as a pre-special education major and must meet certain course and test requirements to be admitted to the special education major.  Applications to the major are due each fall by October 10.


Special Education Major: Visual Impairments

Visual Impairments Planning Guide

Grant Support

Grant support is available for students completing the Visual Impairment Emphasis.  The grant provides $5000 per semester for up to six semesters.  You must be admitted to the special education major before applying for the grant.  Grant applications are available at http://special-ed.utah.edu/consortium/student-support.php