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VISUAL DISABILITIES STUDIES ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Fall 2014 and after)


This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The Liberal Studies and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area, literature, lab, and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Offtrack) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The objective of the Visual Disabilities program is to prepare individuals to work with children who are blind of have low vision. Most graduates find immediate employment in this field and lead satisfying professional lives facilitating the development of the skills of children with visual impairments. Two program options are available: Visual Disabilities Teacher Education and Visual Disabilities Studies. By completing the teaching track, students are eligible for Bachelor-level certification in teaching students with visual impairments (K-12), The Visual Disabilities major is a limited-access major. To be admitted, you must have completed at least 52 hours of Prerequisite Courses, and have the required overall GPA of 2.5, and complete the program's separate application for admission.

Sample Schedule
Milestones
Term 1 Hrs.
ENC1101 or higher English 3
LS Mathematics 3
LS History (W) 3
LS Social Science 3
Elective 3
Total hours 15
TERM 1
Complete ENC1101
TERM 2 Hrs.
ENC1102 or other second English 3
LS Mathematics 3
LS Humanities (W) 3
LS Natural Science 3
1st of EDF1005, EDF2085 or EME2040 3
Total hours 15
TERM 2
Complete ENC1102 or other second English
Overall GPA ≥ 2.5
Complete 1 LS Math
TERM 3 Hrs.
LS Natural Science w/Lab 4
LS Humanities Literature (W) 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
2nd of EDF1005, EDF2085 or EME2040 3
Total hours 15
TERM 3
Complete 2 LS Math
Overall GPA ≥ 2.5
Oral Communication Competency strongly recommended: SPC1017 or SPC2608
TERM 4 Hrs.
LS Humanities or History (W) 3
LS Humanities/History/Social Science 3
Child Development Course 3
Elective 3
3rd of EDF1005, EDF2085 or EME2040 3
Total hours 15
TERM 4
Overall GPA ≥ 2.5
Complete Liberal Studies
Complete EME2040
Take and pass Florida Teaching Certification Exam- General Knowledge Exam
Apply to program
TERM 5 Hrs.
EEX4770 3
EVI4011 3
EVI4121 3
EVI4211 3
EVI4254 3
Total hours 15
TERM 5
Maintain cumulative GPA ≥ 2.5
TERM 6 Hrs.
EVI4324 3
EVI4220 3
EVI4212 3
EVI4314 3
EVI4110 3
Total hours 15
TERM 6
Maintain cumulative GPA ≥ 2.5
Summer Term Hrs.
EVI4250 3
Specialization Course 3
EVI4312 3
Total hours 9
 
TERM 7 Hrs.
EVI4311 3
EVI4330 3
TSL4324 3
EVI4230 3
Total hours 12
TERM 7
Maintain cumulative GPA ≥ 2.5
Take and pass FTCE Subject Area and Professional Educators tests
Apply for Student Teaching
TERM 8 Hrs.
Specialization Courses 12
Total hours 12
TERM 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks


Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Paraeducator working with students who have visual impairments or with other students with disabilities.

Representative Employers:Information available on Academic Program Guide

International Opportunities
International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor for this major before participating in an International Programs opportunity. Interested students should also contact the Office of International Programs.

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.