VI CTP Brochure


VI CTP Brochure
An innovative, multi-state university
partnership for the delivery of a teacher
endorsement in visual impairment
Participating Universities
The following contacts manage class
registration for their university.
Western Michigan University
Robert Wall Emerson, Ph.D.
[email protected]
State Board of Education
John C. Austin, President
Casandra E. Ulbrich, Vice President
Daniel Varner, Secretary
Richard Zeile, Treasurer
Michelle Fecteau, NASBE Delegate
Lupe Ramos-Montigny
Kathleen N. Straus
Eileen Lappin Weiser
Ex Officio Members
Rick Snyder, Governor
Michael P. Flanagan, State Superintendent
University of Massachusetts Boston
Laura Bozeman, Ph.D.
[email protected]
University of Kentucky
Donna Brostek Lee, Ph.D.
[email protected]
Eastern Michigan University
Tsai-Ping Alicia Li, Ed.D.
[email protected]
Michigan Department of Education
608 W. Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
Office of Special Education
The University of Arizona
Jane Erin, Ph.D.
[email protected]
Irene Topor, Ph.D.
[email protected]
October 2013
Office of Special Education
Visual Impairment Consortium for Teacher Preparation
Earn a Teaching
Endorsement Online
How to Get Started
• Submit a program application to
Western Michigan University.
The Michigan Department of Education
(MDE) has created a way to obtain a
visual impairment endorsement through
its partnership with several universities
and schools and agencies for the Blind.
Choose courses from any of the
participating universities.
Classes are primarily offered through:
• Online courses
• Webinars
• Video conferencing
Some courses may require on-site
visits, including courses at out-of-state
universities. These face-to-face meetings
will be scheduled in the summer or over
weekends. Check the course listings
online for details.
Partial tuition
is available to students
who are certified teachers
in Michigan and eligible
for the program.
• Submit a plan of study upon
acceptance of application.
Required Program Courses
Courses are available through multiple
universities. Course titles, credit hours,
and tuition rates will vary among
participating universities.
• Introduction to Visual Impairment
• Braille Codes and Communication (I)
• Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye
• Assistive Technology for Students
with Visual Impairment
• Instructional Strategies and Assessment
for Students with
Visual Impairment
• Register for courses once the
plan of study is approved.
For more information, contact:
Robert Wall Emerson, Ph.D.
Department of Blindness and
Low Vision Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Ave.,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5218
[email protected]
Phone(269) 387-3072
Fax (269) 387-3567
Eligibility Requirements
• Braille Codes and Communication (II)
• Transcripts reflecting completed
bachelor’s degree.
• Methods of Teaching Students with
Visual Impairment
• A valid or pending Michigan Teacher
Certification with a special education
• Principles of Orientation and Mobility
• Implications of Low Vision
• Practicum
• General education teachers without a
special education endorsement must
complete a set of approved foundation
courses in special education prior to
enrollment in the program.