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Special Education - Specialist in Low Vision and Blindness

  • Overview
  • Careers
  • New Freshmen
  • New Transfer
  • Illinois State Students

Teachers of children with visual impairments work with learners who are blind or who have low vision, from preschool through high school.

There is a severe shortage of teachers in this area. Many students in our Low Vision and Blindness sequence do not have difficulty finding a job after they graduate.

Why Study Special Education - Specialist in Low Vision and Blindness?

Special education teachers can be found at all grade levels. They instruct students with a variety of disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. Special education teachers design and modify instructions to meet the special needs of their students.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Enthusiastic about teaching
  • Desire to work with special needs students
  • Good written and communication skills
  • Good sense of humor and patience
  • Good team member
  • Ability to analyze student behavior and help students to overcome day to day problems

Being Successful in the Field

  • Mastery of the common core of knowledge considered necessary for all special educators
  • Mastery of specialized knowledge required to effectively teach students with specific disabilities
  • Beginning proficiency in common core and specialized performance standards demonstrated disposition for the field of special education.
  • Related Fields

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    • Assistant Principal
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    • Case Worker
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    • Employee Training Instructor
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    • Job Coach
    • Orientation and Mobility Instructor
    • Personnel Director
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    • Resource Teacher School
    • School Superintendent

    Career Advising

    Name Office Email Phone
    Renee Carrigan  110 Student Services Building  rdcarig@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2200 

    Internship Coordinator

    Name Office Email Phone
    Karen Mills  DeGarmo 56  kmills@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5053 
    Marleen Monts  DeGarmo 56  mlmonts@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3549 

    Applying to Illinois State

    Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

    Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

    This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

    Applying to Illinois State

    Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

    Minimum GPA

    2.70

    Middle 50% GPA

    2.89 - 3.49

    Required Courses

    None

    Recommended Courses

    • Introductory special education or The Exceptional Learner (SED 101)
    • Child growth and development (TCH 210)
    • Introduction to psychology (PSY 110)
    • Math for Elementary Teachers I or Dimensions of Numerical Reasoning (MAT 130) equivalent
    • Math for Elementary Teachers II

    Additional Information

    It is strongly recommended that students meet the Basic Skills Requirement prior to enrollment. Visit the College of Education's website for details on acceptable ACT or SAT scores which can be used to meet this requirement.

    Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

    Academic Advising

    Name Office Email Phone
    Megan Baxter  DeGarmo Hall 61H  mebaxte@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2314 
    Janet Caldwell  DeGarmo Hall 61G  jecaldw@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2959 
    Jane Koscielak  DeGarmo Hall 61C  jdkosci@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5133 

    Middle 50% GPA

    2.89 - 3.49

    Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

    Application Period

    Applications are always available.

    Application Information

    Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

    Major Requirements

    Admission is competitive, based on GPA and the department may limit enrollment due to space limitations. A written essay is required with application.

    Academic Advising

    Name Office Email Phone
    Megan Baxter  DeGarmo Hall 61H  mebaxte@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2314 
    Janet Caldwell  DeGarmo Hall 61G  jecaldw@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2959 
    Jane Koscielak  DeGarmo Hall 61C  jdkosci@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5133 
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