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Programs in Blind and Visually Impaired

Program Coordinator
Prof. Rosanne K. Silberman
916 West Building
(212) 772-4740
rsilberm@hunter.cuny.edu

Hunter College offers several programs on the graduate level that prepare individuals to work with children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.  These are:

    • Master's Degree that focuses on preparing teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) to provide instruction to children from infancy through secondary school in specialized and inclusive settings in New York City and in other school districts within the metropolitan area. Graduates are eligible to obtain NYS certification as a TVI.
    • Advanced Certificate Program for individuals who already have a NYS certification and a master's degree in special education, education or a related field (speech and language pathology, physical therapy, nursing) and want to obtain NYS certification as a TVI. Focus is the same as in the Master's Degree program. Candidates accepted to Hunter College are eligible for tuition assistance for this 22-credit Advanced Certificate program through the New York State Education Department Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired grant award to Hunter College. Students who are awarded these grant funds sign a service agreement form indicating they will work as a TVI for two years upon completion of this program. Students who do not complete the program in one and a half years or do not achieve a "B" grade in each course are required to reimburse Hunter for all tuition support received. For further information contact Rosanne K. Silberman rsilberm@hunter.cuny.edu.
    • Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Teaching that focuses on preparing individuals to be vision rehabilitation professionals and provide direct services in community -based or center-based schools and/or in vision rehabilitation agencies. Graduates are eligible for national professional certifications.
    • Advanced Certificate Program in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) that focuses on preparing individuals to be O&M specialists in specialized and inclusive educational programs and/or vision rehabilitation agencies. Participants must be enrolled in the Hunter Master's Degree program in Rehabilitation Teaching or have a Master's Degree and New York State Certification as a TVI. Candidates accepted to Hunter College are eligible for tuition assistance for this 18-credit Advanced Certificate program through the New York State Education Department Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) for Orientation and Mobility Specialists grant award to Hunter College. Students who are awarded these grant funds sign a service agreement form indicating they will work as an O&M specialist for two years upon completion of this program. Students who do not complete the program in one and a half years or do not achieve a "B" grade in each course are required to reimburse Hunter for all tuition support received. For further information contact Rosanne K. Silberman rsilberm@hunter.cuny.edu.

 

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