Curriculum - Teaching Children with Visual Impairments

The teaching children with visual impairments curriculum consists of 44 credit hours. The WMU curriculum is believed to be the most comprehensive curriculum offered in teacher of children with visual impairments anywhere in the United States. Instead of one or two-hour lectures on topics such as Nemeth Code (Braille math), daily living skills, computer technology, and art and sport instruction, the WMU curriculum includes entire courses in these important areas. An on-campus sequence takes approximately four semesters to complete. The standard distance education sequence requires six semesters and requires that students attend courses on campus for one six-week summer session.

Below is the list of classes for the teaching children with visual impairments program.

  • BLS 5440: Educating Individuals with Severe Impairments (three credits)
  • BLS 5840: Adapted Computer Technology (three credits)
  • BLS 5900: Physiology and Function of the Eye (two credits)
  • BLS 5905: Physiology and Performance in Blind Children (two credits)
  • BLS 5910: Braille and Other Tactual Communication Systems (three credits)
  • BLS 5912: Teaching Math and Specialty Codes (two credits)
  • BLS 5930: Teaching Adaptive Communications (two credits)
  • BLS 5945: Itinerancy and Effective School Collaboration (two credits)
  • BLS 5970: Principles of Low Vision (two credits)
  • BLS 6010: Small N Research (three credits)
  • BLS 6050: Practice in Low Vision (one credit)
  • BLS 6060: Adaptive Sports Activities for VI Children (one credit)
  • BLS 6070: Adaptive Art Activities for VI Children (one credit)
  • BLS 6100: Assisted Research (two credits)
  • BLS 6320: Teaching Children Who Are Visually Impaired (three credits)
  • BLS 6955: Practicum in TCVI (two credits)
  • BLS 7120: Professional Field Experience (six credits)
  • FCS 6360: Teaching for Independent Living (four credits)