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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
    
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Blind and Visually Impaired - MSEd


Program Coordinators

Ellen Trief
(212) 772-4110
911 West
etrief@hunter.cuny.edu

Rosanne K. Silberman (on leave)
(212) 772-4740
916 West
rsilberm@hunter.cuny.edu

The School of Education offers graduate programs that prepare students to become teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Graduates of the Blind and Visually Impaired program will be prepared to teach learners who are blind or visually impaired in diverse PreK-12 settings including residential schools for the blind, classroom programs and itinerant teaching settings in public and private schools. 

The master’s degree in Blind and Visually Impaired offers two programs. Program 1 (Academic Plan: BVI-MSED) is for those who do not hold NYS certification and leads to dual certification in childhood education and blind and visually impaired. Program 2 (Academic Plan: TCHBL-MSED) is for those who hold NYS certification and leads to single certification in blind and visually impaired.

Admission Requirements


Program 1

For applicants who do not hold NYS certification in Childhood Education

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0;
    or
    A master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5;
    plus
    A liberal arts or science major or interdisciplinary concentration of at least 30 credits.
  2. General education core in liberal arts and sciences to include a minimum of 6 credits in English including a course in English composition with a grade of B or better (or a writing intensive course in any discipline with a grade of B or better), 6 credits in social studies (with at least one course in history or geography), 9 credits in math and science with at least one course in math and one course in science (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement), 3 credits in the arts, and 3 credits in information retrieval (library studies, research, computer literacy, or educational technology).
  3. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Program 2

For applicants who hold Early Childhood, Childhood, PreK-Grade 6, Middle Childhood or Adolescent Education NYS certification

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0;
    or
    A master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5;
    plus
  2. NYS initial, professional, or permanent certification in Early Childhood, Childhood, PreK-grade 6, Middle Childhood or Adolescent Education. Those holding permanent certification must either show proof that they have satisfied the New York State requirements regarding wellness, child abuse, drug abuse, fire safety, and violence prevention or take HED 715, a 1-credit course covering these topics.
  3. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Progress Standards


A. 12-Credit Progress Standards for Matriculated Students

  1. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to continue in 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. Students who receive a grade of 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 when not enrolled in any course students take an official leave of absence to complete their INs

B. Fieldwork Benchmark

  1. All field experiences and student teaching will take place in New York City public schools.
  2. Students must receive a grade of at least B in fieldwork and clinical teaching courses (e.g.,  ,  ,  ;  ;   or  ). Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+ or C must apply to the chair of the department for permission to retake the course, which may be repeated only once. Students with a grade of F will not be allowed to continue.
  3. In order to receive permission for student teaching or supervised practicum course students must:
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Have passed the EAS and the relevant CST certification exams.
  • Have no outstanding IN grades or admissions conditions.
  • Complete at least 15 SPED credits, including the pre-student teaching field assignments that are part of  ,   or   and   or   and have taken or be registered concurrently for one methods course (e.g.,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ).

Course of Study


Academic Plans

  • Program 1: BVI-MSED
  • Program 2: TCHBL-MSED

Total Credits

  • BVI-MSED: 47-60
  • TCHBL-MSED: 40-41

Courses for Programs 1 and 2


Additional Courses for Program 1


Students must take between 7-19 credits of childhood education credits in addition to the special education courses required for their degrees. Students can be exempted from up to 12 credits of the general education requirements listed below on the basis of equivalent courses taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level. However, students may not be exempted from CEDC 72900 (Fieldwork in Childhood Education for Special Educators).

Exit Requirements


  1. An overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Program 2 students must maintain a valid and appropriate NYS certification.
  3. Perform satisfactorily on a two-part culminating activity (partial requirements of SPED 70700  , Research Seminar: Issues in Special Education): a comprehensive research-based oralpresentation on a current special education issue
    - and either -
    an original written research proposal
    - or -
    a written proposal for competitive grant funding.
  4. Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop.