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Visual Impairment Program

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.

Program History

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.

Basic Information

Learning Braille, working with students with disabilities and having the advantage of a dual major are all opportunities that are exceptional to our Visual Impairment students.


In this program, all elementary education certification requirements are met. 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.

Visual Impairment Certification Preparation Program

Kutztown University's College of Education/Special Education offers the Visual Impairment Certification Preparation program via distance education as a post baccalaureate program. The program follows the required curriculum for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Educator Certification in Visual Impairment birth-21 online. Certification also requires successful completion of the Praxis II visual impairment examination. 

Program Overview

  • 21 Credit Hours
  • All courses offered online; however when starting the program some face to face hours are recommended.
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in general or special education
  • Courses are offered in precise order and new students should begin during the Summer I session.
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