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Dual Sensory Impairment Certificate

The coursework for the Dual Sensory Impairment Certificate is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. One weekend of on-campus instruction serves as a supplement to your online education, ensuring that you get the best of both worlds: a program you can complete from wherever you are and a personal relationship with instructors and other students.

Program Overview

  • 15 credit hours
  • Coursework is completed primarily online. Two courses require one weekend per course of on-campus instruction.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies 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 four semesters throughout the year.
  • Learn more
Related degrees:
Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Dual Sensory Impairments
Bachelor of General Studies
Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Roseanna Davidson
  • Phone: 806.742.1997, ext. 246

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.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • Apply to the Dual Sensory Impairment Graduate Certificate Program only:
      • When asked to choose your major, you will choose Graduate Certificate Program.
      • When asked to indicate your major area of interest/specialty, type Dual Sensory Impairment.
      • When asked what degree you will seek, choose Certification.
      • In the Custom Questions section of the application, be sure to choose CDSI - Dual Sensory Impairment from the list of available Graduate Certificate programs.
    • Apply to the Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Dual Sensory Impairment:
      • Apply as a master's student.
      • 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 Dual Sensory Impairment Certificate 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 Dual Sensory 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. If you plan to pursue the Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Dual Sensory Impairment, apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.
  4. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships. Students who plan to pursue only the Dual Sensory Impairment Graduate Certificate will not be eligible for financial aid or 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

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 (15 credit hours)
EDSP 5383 Anatomy and Functions of the Visual System†
EDSP 5384 Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills†
EDSP 5388 Programs and Services for Students with Dual Sensory Impairments
EDSP 5389 Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments or Deafblindness
EDSP 5390 Seminar in Special Education: Physical Aspects of Hearing for Students with Deafblindness
EDSP 5390 Seminar in Special Education: Communication and Child-centered Assessment for Students with Deafblindness

†Courses require one weekend, on-campus instructional session.

For a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Dual Sensory Impairments, 21 additional credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive evaluation or thesis will be required.