The University of Arizona offers a graduate-level program leading to a specialization in teaching children who are visually impaired: TVI, or Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments. Courses are available through hybrid delivery, allowing distance students to complete the program remotely.
Nationally recognized for excellence, this program prepares individuals to provide services in this challenging and rewarding profession. Our graduates are successfully employed in school districts, special schools, and agencies in Arizona as well as in other states across the country. Financial assistance is often available to students enrolled in this program.
The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
College of Education
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
GRE scores not required.
*International Students Only
Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IBT) 550 (PB) or
Minimum IELTS: Composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)
Please review our English Proficiency Requirement list to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.
Funding is available through multiple sources to make it easy to get your degree.
Project PIVIT, Preparation of Individuals with Visual Impairments in Transition through an Interdisciplinary Program Model, is a federally funded loan forgiveness grant (H325K190035) program, offering full tuition scholarships to help to improve the coordination of recruitment efforts in Arizona and increase highly qualified teachers who have up-to-date knowledge about transitional services for students with visual impairments. Please contact us for more information.
Arizona Teacher Academy a major funding initiative by the Arizona Legislature, the Office of the Governor, and the state’s public universities, to bring more qualified K-12 teachers into Arizona’s classrooms by providing teachers with full-tuition scholarship. See more at https://new.coe.arizona.edu/arizona-teachers-academy
Domestic Applicants: Fall admission - February 15
Spring admission - September 1
International Applicants: Fall admission - December 1
Spring admission - June 1
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
3705 for Major
The Special Education VISP requires a minimum of 36 units to graduate with the Special Education Master’s Degree. Completion of the student teaching requirement and some additional units are required to receive recommendation for an Arizona Department of Education Teaching Certificate in the area of specialization.
Core Course Requirements
SERP 503 Special Services in the Schools
SERP 504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners
SERP 556 Research Methods in Education
SERP 593 Student Teaching
SERP 515 Assessment & Instruction: Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities
SERP 520 Low Vision and Visual Functioning
SERP 519B Assistive Technology for People with Visual Impairments
SERP 521 Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness
SERP 523A Braille I
SERP 523B Braille II
SERP 522 Orientation & Mobility for Teachers of Individuals with Visual Impairments
SERP 524 Methods of Teaching the Visually Impaired
SERP 593 (8 units) Internship
Electives and SEI Requirements
SERP 500 Survey of Exceptionality (if not taken previously)
There may be funding specific requirement. Please consult with your academic advisor for additional courses and requirement.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.