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Field and Clinical Experiences

Teacher candidates in the Master of Science in Blind and Visually Impaired program complete a total of 120 hours in field experience within specific courses and 12 weeks of student teaching for two semesters (three full days) with two different age groups.. Teacher candidates 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.  Except for the within-course fieldwork that is tied to specific courses in our program, teacher candidates receive intensive supervision by experienced college practicum supervisors and cooperating teachers. A practicum seminar is held during the first semester that integrates the field experiences with additional theory and practical application.

 

Coursework with Field Experience Requirements

Fieldwork hours

Fieldwork hours serve three main purposes:

  1. They provide teacher candidates with an opportunity to observe learners who are blind or visually impaired immediately upon entering the Master’s Degree program.
  2. They allow 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. 
  3. 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.

The required fieldwork courses are:

Course No. Title Field Exp.
SPED 700 Issues and Practices in the Education of Students with Disabilities (5 hrs)
SPED 702.50 Classroom Management in Special Education and Inclusive Settings 
(20 hours)
SPED 706.50 Strategies and Curriculum Adaptations for Learners with Severe/Multiple Disabilities
(10 hours)
SPED 740 Medical Aspects & Educational Implications of Visual impairments (10 hours)
SPED 741 Education & Rehabilitation of Individuals with Visual Impairments
(10 hours)
SPED 742 Curriculum & Instructional Strategies for Learners with Visual Impairments (15 hours)
SPED 743 Braille Literacy and Communication Skills for Learners with Visual Impairments 
(10 hours)
SPED 746 Educational Implications of Learners Who Are Deafblind (10 hours)
SPED 747 Principles and Practices of Orientation and Mobility for Teachers of Learners with Visual Impairments (10 hours)
SPED 791 Alternate Assessment for Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities: Visual Impairment, Deaf blindness, & Severe Disabilities
(15 hours)

 
Course instructors provide details on the specific activities to be undertaken at each of the fieldwork sites.  Students may select the sites to visit where they can observe learners with severe disabilities.  Instructors can help students find specific sites.

 

Student Teaching and Practicum

Teacher candidates in the Master’s Degree program in Blind and Visually Impaired are required to complete 12 weeks of student teaching for two semesters (three full days a week) with four different age groups.  Teacher candidates, with permission of the advisor, may complete one student teaching experience during the summer (six weeks, five full days a week). Teacher candidates who are employed in an approved field site with learners with visual impairments may use their jobs as practicum.

Teacher candidates taking student teaching or practicum are required to enroll in a seminar. The College field supervisor places and supervises all students. The courses are listed below: 

  • SPED 748- Student Teaching: Blindness and Visual Impairment, Preschool-Grade12
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired at two grade levels that do not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Conferences and weekly seminar. Focus on writing lesson plans, adapting sensory environments, selecting appropriate learning media, adapting curriculum through tactile graphics, developing IEPs, and forming partnerships with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
    30 hrs seminar; plus conferences, plus 40 days student teaching at two grade levels, 4cr

OR

-one of the following-

  • SPED 748.50-Student Teaching: Blindness and Visual Impairment, Preschool-Grade 6
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in preschool or childhood settings, whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Conferences and weekly seminar. Focus on writing lesson plans, adapting sensory environments, selecting appropriate learning media, adapting curriculum through tactile graphics, developing IEPs, and forming partnerships with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
    30 hrs seminar; plus conferences, plus 3 full days a week of student teaching for 12 weeks, 2cr
  • SPED 748.51-Student Teaching: Blindness and Visual Impairment, Grades 7-12
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in either middle adolescent, or adolescent, whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Conferences and weekly seminar. Focus on writing lesson plans, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, forming partnership with families.
     Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
    30 hrs seminar; plus conferences, plus 3 full days a week of student teaching for 12 weeks, 2cr
  • SPED 748.52-Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment, Preschool-Grade 6
     Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in preschool or childhood settings whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Focus on writing lesson plans, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, forming partnership with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
    30 hrs seminar; plus conferences, 2cr
  • SPED 748.53-Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment, -Grades 7-12
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in either middle adolescent, or adolescent, whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Conferences and weekly seminar. Focus on writing lesson plans, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, forming partnership with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
    30 hrs seminar; plus conferences, 2cr

Plus one of the following

  • SPED 748.54-Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment, -Preschool- Grades 6
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching        programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in preschool or childhood settings whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Focus on writing lesson plans, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, forming partnership with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
  • SPED 748.55-Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment, -Grades 7-12
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching        programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in either middle adolescent, or adolescent, whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Conferences and weekly seminar. Focus on writing lesson plans, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, forming partnership with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
    Structured conferences, plus3 full days a week of student teaching for 12 weeks, 1cr
  • SPED 748.56-Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment, -Preschool-Grade 6
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in preschool or childhood settings whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Focus on writing lesson plans, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, forming partnership with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741, Structured conference, 1cr
  • SPED 748.57-Supervised Practicum: Blindness and Visual Impairment, -Grades 7-12
    Supervised student teaching in specialized resource room, or itinerant teaching programs with learners who are blind or visually impaired in either middle adolescent, or adolescent, whichever does not overlap with the pre-student teaching field placements. Conferences and weekly seminar. Focus on writing lesson plans, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, forming partnership with families.
    Pre-or coreq, SPED 740, SPED 741
    Structured conferences, 1cr.
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