Visual Disabilities Program
Visual Disabilites Program - Certificate of Graduate Study, Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments.
On May 1, 2016 the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) (http://www.acvrep.org/) launched the Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS) (http://www.acvrep.org/certifications/catis) credential. The CATIS certification has created a national standard in the area of assistive technology instruction for people who are visually impaired. Northern Illinois University is the first university that will be offering a course of study toward this new credential.
About our program
NIU's College of Education offers one of the nation's preeminent programs in visual disability education. With courses of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the program trains individuals to work as a certified special education teacher with children with visual disabilities, as an orientation and mobility specialist with children and adults with visual disabilities, and/or as a rehabilitation teacher with adults who have visual disabilities.
All of the programs are approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Get a new career with assured employment if you are willing to move where the vacancies exist.
There are many job possibilities all across the nation for those who successfully complete the program.
For all graduate components in our program, there is the possibility of receiving generous financial support depending on the availability of sufficient federal funds.
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