Field and Clinical Experiences
Students in the Advanced Certificate Program (TVI) complete a total of 50-55 hours in field experiences within specific courses and 12 weeks of student teaching for one semester (three full days a week) or six weeks (five full days a week) during summer with two different age groups. Students who are employed in an approved field site with learners with visual impairments may use their jobs for the major portion of their practicum requirements. We are fortunate to be located in New York where we have access to some of the best educational programs for learners with visual impairments. Teacher candidates receive intensive supervision by experienced college practicum supervisors and cooperating teachers. A student teaching/ practicum seminar integrates the field experiences with additional theory and practical application.
Coursework with Field Experience Requirements
Fieldwork hours serve three main purposes:
They provide teacher candidates with an opportunity to observe learners who are blind or visually impaired.
They allow teacher candidates to determine whether they are really comfortable with this low incidence population and helps them to reflect on the appropriateness of their choice of entering this teaching specialization.
They provide a way for teacher candidates to link theory and practice in individual courses and test their own developing ideas, with guidance from the professors teaching the courses.
|Course No.||Title||Credits ||Field Exp.|
|SPED 740||Medical Aspects and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments||10 hrs|
|SPED 741||Education and Rehabilitation of Individuals with Visual Impairments||10 hrs|
|SPED 742||Curriculum & Instructional Strategies for Learners with Visual Impairments||15 hrs|
|SPED 743||Braille Literacy and Communication Skills for Learners with Visual Impairments||10 hrs|
|SPED 747||Principles and Practices of Orientation and Mobility for Teachers of Learners with Visual Impairments||10 hrs|
|One of the Following|
|SPED 748.50||Student Teaching: Blindness and Visual Impairment Preschool- Grade 6 (30 hrs seminar, plus conferences, plus 20 days of student teaching)||2cr|
|SPED 748.51||Student Teaching: Blindness and Visual Impairment Grades 7-12 (30 hrs seminar, plus conferences, plus 20 days of student teaching).||2cr|
|SPED 748.52||Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment Preschool –Grade 6 (30 hrs seminar, plus conferences)||2cr|
|SPED 748.53||Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment Grades 7-12 (30 hrs seminar, plus conferences) For Students in NYS Intensive Teacher Institute||2cr|