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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

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Rona Pogrund
  • Phone: 806.252.8026

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 ApplyTexas application.
    • Apply to the Graduate School
      Go to URL and follow the instructions to apply to the Graduate School. There is a $60 application fee and it can be completed online. You do not need GRE scores if you are only applying for a certification program (and not a Master's Degree). You will need to have all of your official college transcripts sent in to the Graduate School. Select Teaching Certificate in College of Education for the first question, "Select your major". (Even if you already have your teacher's certification). Then on question #3 when you are asked "major area of interest" you can write in VI or O&M. Grad School Asmissions # if you need assistance is 806-742-2787.
    • Apply as a master's student if you plan to pursue the Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Visual Impairment.
    • Be sure to select the degree program listing that correctly corresponds with the location from which you plan to pursue the program.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Visual Impairment Certification Preparation program and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Students who plan to pursue a Master of Education in Special Education with any area of emphasis, including Visual Impairment, must submit Graduate Records Exam scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
    • The admissions process is viewed holistically by the College of Education and the Graduate School, so there are no stated minimum GRE or GPA requirements. Learn more.
  3. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.
    • Apply to the Visual Impairment Certification Preparation program.
    • Apply to the Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Visual Impairment.
  4. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  5. Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. 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.
    • The Graduate School and the College of Education will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

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.