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Visual Impairment Graduate Licensure


Indiana State University offers the Visual Impairment Licensure Program designed to prepare Indiana teachers to work with students who are blind or have low vision. The program is made possible by the Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Loss (PASS) grant, which is funded by the Indiana Department of Education through the Blumberg Center. The program is only open to Indiana residents.

This 16-credit-hour program may be completed in 24 months of study. Students begin in spring and follow the program sequence (spring: 3 credits; summer: 3 credits; fall: 3 credits; spring: 3 credits; summer: 3 credits; fall: 1 credit).

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online with required face-to-face classes and weekend seminars. Coursework from other colleges/universities in the area of blind/low vision do not count toward completion of the program.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is only available to Indiana residents.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by an accredited institution.
  • Have earned:
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate course work, or
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level.
  • Hold or be eligible for an Indiana teaching license in Special Education or General Education. (Additional coursework may be required for those with a license in General Education.)
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Instructions:

To apply, complete the online Non-Degree Application.

To be considered, attach the following documents prior to submitting the online application:

  1. A copy of transcripts for all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). Official transcripts are accepted, but not required.
  2. A copy of your Indiana teaching license(s).
  3. A letter of recommendation from your current supervisor (if currently teaching); or a letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your teaching and interpersonal skills (if not currently employed); or a letter of recommendation by one of your undergraduate professors (if a recent graduate).
  4. A resume including employment information and work experience.
  5. A written statement of purpose that explains how the Blind/Low Vision certification fits in with his or her professional goals. The statement should be one to two pages, double-spaced, and typed in either ten- or twelve-point font.
  6. A copy of your criminal history check if not currently working in an Indiana school district or special education cooperative.

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements.

Fees & Expenses

Students in this graduate-level program pay for tuition costs and fees. For more information, visit tuition and fees.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.