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2018-19 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2018-19 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Visually Impaired Certificate

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OSRHE Program Code: 122
CIP Code: 131009

Certificate Code: 6871

Purpose Standard Certificate

This special program for standard teacher certification in Visually Impaired is expected to be completed in two consecutive summer sessions. The program is comprised of two components and limited to 15 students each. For further information, please contact the College of Education, 918-444-3700.

Specialty Accreditation

NSU’s educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP),, (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, 202-223-0077), and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-522-5399),

Credential Requirements

As a prequisite for program admission, candidates must hold or be eligible to hold a standard teaching certificate or teaching license or be eligible for an alternative certification program with a plan of study for certification on file with NSU’s Office of Teacher Certification. All candidates seeking certification need to take the state certification test for visual impairment at the completion of the program. If seeking certification in any state other than Oklahoma, it is recommended that individuals contact the appropriate State Department for guidelines so they can be built into the program.


Applicants must be

  1. Be admitted to the Graduate College prior to enrollment
  2. Hold a valid teaching certificate: elementary, library media specialist, career technical or special education

Course Requirements - 17 hours

The certificate requires 17 hours taken in two consecutive summers:

  • SPED 5333 - Seminar: Instructional Strategies and Technology for Students with Visual Impairment
  • SPED 5333 - Seminar: Practicum in Visual Impairments
  • SPED 5453 - Contemporary Issues in Special Education Specific to Visual Impairment
  • SPED 5543 - Seminar: Eye/Vision Conditions and Problems in the Visually Impaired
  • SPED 5563 - Field Studies: Introduction to Braille
  • SPED 5563 - Field Studies: Orientation and Mobility for the Classroom Teacher


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