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About

University of Massachusetts Boston's School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, where the Vision Studies program is taught, is New England's only academic center for preparing teachers of students with visual impairment, orientation and mobility specialists, vision rehabilitation therapists, and assistive technology instructional specialists. 

Overview

Candidates for the MEd in Vision Studies teacher licensure from University of Massachusetts Boston will be provided with a sequence of course work, field-based experiences, and practica to fulfill eligibility requirements as prescribed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), or Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Degree requirements

Successful completion of the capstone experience (a practicum and capstone portfolio) is a requirement for all master’s candidates. This capstone experience is fulfilled within the practicum in vision impairment for all three of our tracks.

Non-matriculated students may enroll in a maximum of 2 courses in this program with the approval of the department. These courses can be transferred into matriculated study after admission. The program faculty will advise each matriculated student about the appropriate program of study leading to licensure and/or certification under state/national regulations.

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)

Students in the TVI track of the Vision Studies Program are required to submit a capstone portfolio of completed graduate work as outlined upon acceptance into the program.

TVI candidates complete a 37-credit track. The program consists of sequenced coursework, field-based experiences, and practica aligned with the Massachusetts DESE for initial licensure.

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

Students in the O&M track may pursue the master's or the certificate. Candidates for the certificate in orientation and mobility progress through a sequence of course work, field-based experiences, and practica to fulfill eligibility requirements as prescribed by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) and ACVREP.

Master's candidates also submit a capstone portfolio during the practicum semester.

The master's degree requires 37 credits. The total credits required for the certificate will vary, depending on the candidate’s background and related course work.

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (VRT)

Students in the VRT track may complete the master's or the certificate. Candidates progress through a sequence of coursework, field-based experiences, and practica to fulfill eligibility requirements as prescribed by ACVREP.

Master's candidates also submit a capstone portfolio during the practicum semester.

The master's degree requires 37 credits. The total credits required for the certificate will vary, depending on the candidate's background and related course work.

Assistive Technology (AT)

Students in the AT track may complete the master's or one of two certificates. Candidates progress through a sequence of coursework, field-based experiences, and practica to fulfill eligibility requirements as prescribed by ACVREP.

Master's candidates also submit a capstone portfolio during the practicum semester.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Education of Students with Visual Impairments
  • Braille 
  • Visual Functioning
  • Implications of Low Vision
  • Braille Communications
  • Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Students with VI and Additional Disabilities

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Tracks deadlines:

  • TVI: Summer admission: March 1; Spring admission: November 1
  • O&M: Summer admission: March 1
  • VRT: Fall admission: June 1
  • AT: Fall admission: June 1

Credits

37 SCH

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3
GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required
GMAT admission requirements GMAT
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GPA
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Online Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Test Scores:
  • TVI: MTEL: Communication and Literacy; Foundations of Reading; General Curriculum 
  • O&M, VRT, AT: GRE, MAT, or MTEL
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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