Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Visual Impairment

The Education Specialist Credential in Visual Impairments prepares highly qualified teachers using research-based curricula and pedagogy to provide quality educational services to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Students with visual impairments are a heterogeneous population, requiring the availability of a wide range of curricular and placement options in order to foster participation in the home, school, and community in ways that meet the particular needs of individual learners. The program stresses the development of instructional programs utilizing a variety of approaches to meet the range of potential placement options and curricular needs of learners with visual impairments.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate skills in working with an array of professionals as well as families in order to facilitate learner participation and growth within the context of their educational experience. Learners with visual impairments benefit from educational experiences that take into account their unique learning needs requiring the acquisition of knowledge and skills in alternative ways including tactile, visual, and auditoryCandidates are expected to demonstrate competence in assessment and instruction to promote functional literacy in Braille, print, and auditory methodologies and to design educational environments utilizing the most appropriate media to promote learning.

Visual Impairments Credential Coursework

Category I: Core Courses

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 788 Law, Ethics, Collaboration, Technology & Instructional Planning 3
SPED 801 Development, Diversity, and English-Language Learners 3
SPED 763 Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities 3
E ED 784 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics (Not requiremed if student possesses California Muliple Subjects, or Single Subject Teaching Credential) 3
E ED 882 Literacy Instruction K-12 (Not requiremed if student possesses California Muliple Subjects, or Single Subject Teaching Credential) 3
Health Education Elementary School Health (e.g. H ED 630/635 - offered through College of Extended Learning CEL, or approved course substitution 3

 

Category II: Method Courses

Course # Course Name Units
SPED 655 Basic Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairments
 
3
SPED 735 Technology for Visually Impaired Learners
 
2
SPED 749 Medical, Educational, & Rehabilitative Implications of Visual Impairments 4
SPED 751 Instruction for Learners of Visual Impairments * Must be taken before SPED 750 * 3
SPED 750 Assessment for Learners of Visual Impairments 3
SPED 752 Issues in Visual Impairments 3
SPED 753 Living Skills Assessment & Instruction for Learners with Visual Impairments 3
SPED 757 Visual Impairment: Special Populations 3
SPED 754 Basic Communication Skills for Learners with Visual Impairments (Braille I) * Must be taken before SPED 758 * 3
SPED 758 Advanced Communication Skills for Learners with Visual Impairments (Braille II) 3

Category III: Student Teaching 
 * Students enroll full time for a minimum of 12 units during the semester of student teaching *

Course # Course Name Units
SPED 723 Seminar: StudentTeaching: Visual Impairments 3
SPED 730 Student Teaching In Special Education 9
Total Units: 60

Additional CTC requirements for Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

  • CPR (online course not acceptable) - must cover infant, child and adult CPR
  • U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • RICA Test (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment)