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B.S.Ed. in Special Education, Visual Impairments emphasis


Is your passion education of the blind or visually impaired? In the Bachelor of Science in Education Special Education degree with an emphasis in Visual Impairments, you will learn to teach with students who are blind or visually impaired, with or without additional disabilities, from preschool through 21 years of age. The program is approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired to ensure that you receive the best training to make the biggest impact as an educator.

Customize your degree!

  • You can seek the Early Childhood Endorsement.
  • You also have the opportunity to pursue ESL/Bilingual endorsements that can broaden your employment options.

Coursework Includes

  • Literary Braille

  • Assistive Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments
  • Instructional Systems for Teaching Students Who Are Visually Impaired
  • Basic Orientation and Mobility for Teachers of Persons with Visual Impairments

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NIU Quality

  • Approved by the Illinois State Board of Education
  • Approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Employment for Graduates

  • Teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired (TVI) are hired in locations throughout the United States in schools and organizations as “itinerant” teachers, which means that they travel from school to school within a particular area or school district. TVIs provide students who are visually impaired with the strategies and tools to learn about the world, perform everyday activities, and participate in the general curriculum and other activities in school. There is an overwhelming need for teachers who specialize in instruction for students who are visually impaired. As a consequence, there are many job opportunities for TVIs in all regions of the United States.

  • NIU’s annual Educators’ Job Fair brings school districts from around the country to interview graduating students for professional teaching positions. Some graduates are hired by the districts in which they completed student teaching.

What's the next step?

Request more information or apply!


Barb Amberg
Undergraduate Adviser
(815) 753-8359 

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