DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Certification and/or Master’s Degree Program in Low Vision/Blindness

This graduate online program prepares professional educators who can work with children and adults with low vision/blindness. This graduate level program prepares special education teachers to engage in current research-based practices and to provide high quality educational programs and services in elementary and/or secondary schools. Please explore the following link to read more concerning the mission of this specific program: Mission and Philosophy Statement

This program is available entirely online nationwide and in approved international areas.

The Low Vision/Blindness Program offers three options:

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

The certification program leads to initial certification or additional endorsement in visual impairments in West Virginia in grades PreK-Adult (or the equivalent in other states). This program does not require prior certification for licensure in West Virginia. Individuals seeking certification or endorsement in other states or in international areas should consult with local and state agencies about certification requirements that apply specifically to them and confirmation that the WVU program will satisfy those requirements. This program qualifies as an alternative certification program in West Virginia.

For more details about admission to these programs, please review the information provided for future students.

For more details about completion of these programs, please review the information provided for current students.

U.S. News & World Report ranked WVU’s online graduate programs in Special Education 26th out of more than 200 programs in education nationwide in 2012-2013.

WVU is fully accredited by the North Central Association, while the program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets professional standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).