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Vision Studies, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Boston, MA, United States
University of Massachusetts Boston's School for Global Inclusion and Social Development is New England's only academic center for preparing teachers of students with visual impairment, orientation and mobility specialists, and vision rehabilitation therapists, at this Vision Studies program.
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Within the three Vision Studies programs at University of Massachusetts Boston, students develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • The philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education and rehabilitation services for individuals with visual impairment.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the eye, refraction, clinical testing procedures, and major visual disorders.
  • Low vision concepts and methods for integrating visual needs and adapted equipment within an educational/rehabilitation environment.
  • Environmental and attitudinal barriers that people with disabilities face, and the influence of multicultural differences and gender on people with disabilities, specifically those with visual impairment.
  • Psychosocial aspects of vision loss, e.g., coping techniques and issues of self-esteem, as well as principles of self-determination.


Teachers of students with visual impairments are in great demand throughout the United States. There are jobs available at local school districts, regional collaborative districts, state agencies, and schools for the blind.

Orientation and mobility graduates may work in school districts, collaboratives, adult rehabilitation programs, and the Veterans Administration.

Vision rehabilitation therapists work in state vocational services for the blind, rehabilitation units of Veterans Administration hospitals, programs for elders with visual impairments, private nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation agencies, low vision clinics, or in private practice. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Education of Students with Visual Impairments
  • Braille
  • Introduction to Disabilities for Education Professionals
  • Visual Functioning
  • Implications of Low Vision
  • Foundations of Rehabilitation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Placement
  • Perspectives in Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Education of Students with Visual Impairments
  • Introduction to Disabilities for Education Professionals

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Application deadline for national students: March 1st

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    37 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

To apply for admission to graduate study at UMass Boston, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing, or an international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17466 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    14529 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14529 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8948 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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