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Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Blind and Visually Impaired: Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired - Advanced Certificate

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Program Coordinators

Rosanne K. Silberman
(212) 772-4740
916 West

Ellen Trief
(212) 772-4110
911 West

This post-master’s, advanced certificate program is designed to prepare NYS certified teachers to serve as teachers of the blind and visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, in educational programs from birth to grade 12. Graduates of this program will be eligible for NYS certification in Blind and Visually Impaired.

Admission Requirements

1. New York State teaching certification in any area.

2. Master’s degree in education or a related services field (speech and language pathology, physical therapy, nursing) with a GPA of at least 3.5.

3. Completion of SPED 70000 (Issues and Practices in Educationg Students with Disabilities) or the equivalent with a grade of B or better for all applicants without a master’s degree in special education.

4. Evidence of acceptable writing skills.

5. Three letters of recommendation.

6. Evidence of work, volunteer, or personal experience with individuals with visual impairments.

7. An interview with a special education faculty member.

8. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Progress Standards

1. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in order to continue the program.

2. Students with more than one course grade below B in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

3. A student who receives a grade F in any course in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

4. Students with one grade of IN (incomplete) within the first 12 credits are restricted from registering for more than one additional course. Those with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.
NOTE: It is recommended that students with two or more INs take an official leave of absence.

Exit Requirements

1. An overall GPA of 3.0.

2. Students must receive a grade of B or better in student teaching or practicum courses.

3. Must maintain a valid and appropriate NYS certification.

4. Complete the Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) workshop.

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