Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit
all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Required Courses (24 Credit hours)
||Exceptional Children & Youth
||Programs and Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments
||Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Visual Impairments†
||Braille Code for Teaching Individuals with Visual Impairments
||Anatomy and Functions of the Visual System†
||Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills†
||Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments or Deafblindness
||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.