Bachelor of Science in Education, Teacher Certification
The Visual Impairment program in our College of Education is one of the oldest and most established of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania. Special Education majors pursuing a B.S. in Education/Visual Impairment will be part of an extraordinary network of students and faculty who make this program so outstanding among others of its kind.
In addition to the fact that Kutztown University is the only program to offer such an undergraduate program at a state university in Pennsylvania, KU also has successful relationships with larger organizations. For example, KU students have presented research studies at state and national conferences across the United States, served as representatives on national boards and even become supervisors themselves.
Learning Braille, working with students with disabilities and having the advantage of an option of a dual certificate with elementary education are all opportunities that are exceptional to our Visual Impairment students.
In this program, students can choose single certification in visual impairment or dual certification with elementary education. The program ensures all elementary certification requirements are met for students enrolled in the dual certification program. Field experiences are provided and teacher candidates will experience them in both elementary education and visual impairment settings.
For more information, please contact Dr. Nicole Johnson.
KU is one of only six institutions in the U.S. to offer a program focused on preparing teachers of the visually impaired at the undergraduate level. In most scenarios, such a teacher plays a central role in the life of students and families, as they work to help build necessary skills, and to create adaptations that enable students to have the richest possible educational experiences. Teacher candidates who wish to focus in visual impairment can work toward a major and certification in elementary education, making them dual certified to teach students with visual impairments birth to age 21 along with general elementary education. Teacher candidates can also choose to become single certified in teaching students with visual impairments birth to age 21.
Student Learning Outcomes
All initial teacher certification programs use the ten InTASC standards (required by CAEP accreditation) as their Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The ten InTASC standards are organized in 4 domains (The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility).