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Certification programs
in special Education

Certification Only Option:
Low Vision/Blindness

Grades PreK-Adult

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the certification only option in the Low Vision/Blindness Program. This program is subject to revision whenever teacher education or certification requirements are changed.

SPED 600 Instructional/Assistive Technology 3 cr.
SPED 603 Classroom/Behavior Management for Special Needs 3 cr.
SPED 663 Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies 3 cr.
SPED 630 Introduction to Low Vision/Blindness 3 cr.
SPED 631 Introduction to Braille (prerequisite for SPED 632 & SPED 633) 3 cr.
SPED 632 Braille Reading and Literacy Development 3 cr.
SPED 633 Nemeth Code and Mathematics Development 3 cr.
SPED 635 Teaching Students with Vision Impairments  3 cr.
SPED 636 Teaching Students with Vision/Multiple Impairments 3 cr.
SPED 637 Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills 3 cr.
SPED 639 Culminating Practicum: Low Vision/Blindness* 6 cr.


36 Total Credits

ALL students should follow the program requirements outlined on the Student Program Plan sent with the admission letter.

Request information from  sped@mail.wvu.edu  or direct questions to 304-293-3450.

*Students must pass PRAXIS tests required by the program prior to and as a condition of admission to practicum:

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 (5522 or 0522) or 5-9 (5523 or 0523) or 7-12 (5524 or 0524) if no prior certification
  • Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (0282)

These or other tests also may be required for licensure in West Virginia or in the designated specialization area in other states and/or countries to earn initial certification or additional endorsement.

ALL students MUST complete practicum as a single six-credit block in the final semester.

All courses in a certification program must be completed within 8 years including waivers granted for courses completed within other programs or at other institutions.

Retention in this program requires maintaining active student status and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain active student status by enrolling in at least one course every two two years become inactive and will have to re-apply and meet any new requirements in effect at the time of admission. Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and may be unable to reapply for admission.