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Description of Major
The objective of the Visual Disabilities program is to prepare individuals to work with children who are blind or have low vision. Following graduation, the teacher may be employed in a variety of settings, such as a resource room or as an itinerant teacher in a public school, at a school for the blind, or at an agency serving children who have visual impairments. Most graduates find immediate employment in this field and lead satisfying professional lives facilitating the development of skills of children with visual impairments.

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major
This program is a Limited Access Teacher Education program and admits a limited number of students. All students planning to pursue a teacher education program at Florida State University must be formally admitted to teacher education. Admission to teacher education is administered by the Dean of the College of Education and assigned to the Office of Academic Services. Application for admission to teacher education is distinct from admissions to an upper-division college or school and is made in the Office of Academic Services. Students are admitted into this major for the Fall Term only. The departmental application that can be accessed from
Current Students: Apply  by July 1st to the program
Transfer Students: 1. Apply to the university by July 1st
2. Apply to the College of Education by July 1st 
Students seeking admission to teacher education must meet the following requirements:
1. Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin),
2. Complete General Ed/Liberal Studies requirements or an A.A. degree with a grade of C or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course
3. Complete the Pre-education core listed above with grades of C- or better
4. Achieve a passing score on each section of the General Knowledge portion of the FTCE, and
5. Achieve an overall 2.5 GPA minimum.
6. Satisfy the university Oral Communication Competency Requirement as outlined in general bulletin.
7. Students are required to be fingerprinted and pass a security clearance prior to admission to the major program of studies.

In order to continue in the program, students must:
1) Earn a C or higher in each course required for the major,
2) Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in all required major coursework, and
3) Gain admission to student teaching at the appropriate time.

Prerequisite Coursework: 15 hours beyond other requirements.
Pre-education Core (9 hours)
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education
* EDF X085 (3) Teaching Diverse Populations
EME X040 (3) Introduction to Educational Technology
*In addition to EDG X085, a minimum of 6 hrs. with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the AA or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.
Program Prerequisites (6 hours)
Courses satisfying this requirement may also apply to the Liberal Studies, major, and/or oral comm. requirements.
SPC X608 or SPC X017 or SPC X600 or COM 2080 (3) Oral Communication Competency
FAD X230, FAD X220, CHD X220, DEP X000, DEP X004, EDF X210, EEX X201 (3) Child development course
Note 1:  *Experience with individuals with visual disabilities is strongly suggested. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Careful planning is necessary for timely completion of degree and certification requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to establish an early and continuing relationship with their advisor.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

Major Coursework Undergraduate Program: 63 hours
Program completion includes passing the basic skills, professional knowledge, and subject area tests that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. Certification to teach in Florida requires a minimum 2.5 GPA in the field of specialization. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all EVI courses in order to progress toward graduation in the Visual Disabilities major.
Required for both Teacher Certification and Visual Disability Studies (45 hrs.)
EEX 4770 (3) Human Exceptionality
EVI 4011 (3) Introduction to Visual Impairment
EVI 4110 (3) Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments
EVI 4121 (3) Functions of the Eye and Implications of Low Vision
EVI 4211 (3) Literary Braille
EVI 4212 (3) Nemeth Code & Supporting Math Instruction for Students with Visual Impairments
EVI 4220 (3) Introduction to Orientation and Mobility
EVI 4311 (3) Teaching Reading and Writing to Visually Impaired Learners
EVI 4312 (3) Academic Modifications in the Public School Class
EVI 4324 (3) Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments
EVI 4330 (3) Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Other Disabilities
EVI 4314 (3) Low Vision
EVI 4230 (3) Educational Management of Students with Visual Impairments
EVI 4250 (3) Teaching Social & Career Skills to Visually Impaired Learners
EVI 4254 (3) Teaching Independent Living Skills to Students with Visual Impairments
RED 4335 (3) Reading in the Content Area
TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Area
EVI 4940 (12) Student Teaching Internship

Computer Skills Competency:  EME 2040 (3).

Oral Communication Competency:  0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
Liberal Studies 36
Pre-education Core 9
Major Coursework 63
Computer Skills 0 beyond Pre-education core
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Employment Information for Students in the Visual Disabilities Education Major
Representative Job Titles Related to students with an Undergraduate Degree: Resource Room Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Itinerant Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Transition Specialist for students with Visual Impairments, Preschool Specialist for Young Children with Visual Impairments.

Representative Job Titles Related to Students with a Graduate Degree: Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Program Specialist, ESE Administrator, Agency Director, Principal, Superintendent of School for the Blind, Educational Diagnostician, Educational Consultant.
Representative Employers: School Boards, Rehabilitation Centers, Community Agencies, Governmental Agency Schools, Division of Blind Services, Private Residential Schools.

Employment Information for Students in the Visual Disabilities Studies Major
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major(Undergraduate Only): Paraeducator working with students who have visual impairments or with other students with disabilities.

Representative Employers: School Boards, Rehabilitation Centers, Community Agencies, Governmental Agency Schools, Division of Blind Services, Private Residential Schools.

Updated: Summer, 2015