Texas Tech University

Visual Impairment Certification Preparation Program

Texas Tech University's College of Education offers the required curriculum for the Texas State Board for Educator Certification Visual Impairment Supplemental Certificate EC-12 online. Certification also requires the successful completion of two TExES examinations. The Visual Impairment Certification Preparation Program is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Masters of Education in Special Education.

Program Overview

  • 24 credit hours
  • Certification programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's degree program.
  • Most courses are offered online; however, three courses require one weekend each of on-campus instruction in Lubbock or Austin, Texas.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree and initial teaching certification in general or special education
  • Completion time varies. Students may take up to three classes each semester and two over the summer, making completion time vary by individual.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the three semesters throughout the year.
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Related degrees:

Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Visual Impairment

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment. Learn more .

  1. Complete the Graduate Admissions application.
    • When you are asked to select your major, choose "Education - Teaching Certificate in College of Education" even if you already have your teacher's certification. Note: If you are wanting to pursue your master's degree along with the certification preparation coursework, you will select "Master's in Special Education" as your major.
    • On question 4 ("Enter any specific area of interest or specialty within your proposed major"), please select "Visual Impairment (Hybrid)" from the drop-down menu.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Applicants must have unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
    • All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. A list of acceptable exams can be found on the Graduate School International Prospective Student webpage. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country, are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.
  2. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
  3. If you plan to pursue a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Visual Impairment, apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education. Applicants who are interested only in the Visual Impairment Certification Preparation program do not need to complete a College of Education application.
  4. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, (806) 742-1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree, Initial Teaching Certification

Certificate Programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's program. Most courses are offered online; however, some courses have an on-campus component.

Required Courses (24 Credit hours)

EDSP 5300 Exceptional Children & Youth
EDSP 5380 Programs and Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments
EDSP 5381 Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Visual Impairments†
EDSP 5382 Braille Code for Teaching Individuals with Visual Impairments
EDSP 5383 Anatomy and Functions of the Visual System†
EDSP 5384 Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills†
EDSP 5389 Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments or Deafblindness
EDSP 5093 Internship in Special Education

†Courses require one weekend, on-campus instructional session

For a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Visual Impairment, 12 additional credit hours of
coursework and a comprehensive evaluation or thesis will be required.

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