Photo of James Leja.Western Michigan University's Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies is the oldest and largest—and considered the premiere program of its kind—in the world, with academic programs consistently rated among the best in the nation.

Classes are small, and one-on-one instruction and mentoring are the norm. Traditional campus and distance education programs are available, including video streaming, teleconferencing, and Web-based instruction. Our dedicated, top-notch faculty members are actively engaged in creative teaching methods and national research projects.

Programs can be completed in one to two years. Assistantships and scholarships are frequently available to substantially defray costs, and internships are available throughout the United States.

Professionals in this field are in great demand, and graduates receive assistance with finding employment, which is available in a variety of settings such as state and private agencies, public and residential schools, and Veterans Administration medical centers. Many of our graduates are faculty members at fewer than 20 institutions in the nation that prepare professionals in blindness and low vision studies.

We invite you to review our Web pages and communicate with us directly through our email addresses. Your input and interest are valuable to us.


James Leja's signature.

James Leja, Rh.D.
Department Chair