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      About the Program In Visual Impairments
      (Credential or MA) 

      State University, Los Angeles offers an Educational
      Credential in Visual Impairment (VI)

      and a Master
      of Arts (MA) degree in
      Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairment
      Courses in
      both the VI credential
      and MA program promote educational equity,
      collaboration, reflective practice, while maintaining mastery of the
      body of knowledge
      for the specific discipline of interest.

      The purpose
      of the Credential
      Program in VI
      is to prepare
      teachers to work
      with infants, toddlers, children and youth who are blind and visually
      impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to teach in a
      diverse urban society. Credential candidates learn to teach academic
      and functional skills, including reading and writing braille. Students
      learn instructional strategies and methods for adapting materials for
      learners who are visually impaired. They also develop skills to assess
      functional vision and determine learning media.
      Emphasis is placed on
      preparing candidates to provide instruction in independent living
      skills, low vision efficiency, use of assistive technology,
      leisure/recreation skills, vocational/transition, and social skills.

      The purpose
      of the MA
      Degree in VI
      to provide students with higher
      education learning. One major focus of the MA program is on analyzing
      and conducting educational research in the field of visual impairment
      and blindness. Students in the MA program must complete one of two
      options as their culminating experience:
      1) pass the MA comprehensive
      examination in Visual Impairment and Blindness or 2) complete a thesis

      Program graduates
      may work as itinerant, resource
      room, and special classroom teachers, or as teachers at specialized
      schools for visually impaired children and youth. They also may serve
      as consultants and support professionals to public school teachers in
      elementary, middle or high schools.

      Contact Information  

      additional information regarding the credential
      program or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kamei-Hannan, the
      program coordinator, please contact the office at 323-343-6297 or email