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Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Butler University has been approved by the Indiana Department of Education to offer a license for Teachers of the Visually Impaired. The program consists of a series of nine courses totaling 19 credit hours. This license can be added to an existing teaching license. This 19-hour program can be completed in 16 months. Our program gives candidates opportunities for community engagement and experiential learning, which are distinctive outcomes of a Butler University education.

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Program Highlights

  • Licensure program available at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels
  • Some courses taught at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Curriculum that is focused on candidate’s learning needs
  • Practicum can be completed at candidate’s place of employment
  • Significant contact with students and successful adults who are blind or have low vision
  • Extensive curriculum and face-to-face instruction, including a literacy course
  • Median salary of $56,000 within a few years for successful graduates (2011 statistics from
  • Shortage of teachers for the visually impaired, with many teachers set to retire soon; growth opportunity

Who should take this?

Current teachers who have a limited or temporary license to teach blind or low vision as well as teachers who have completed their undergraduate degree and have received an initial teaching license. Teachers who are interested in improving the lives of people who are visually impaired by providing:

  • Specialized and meaningful instruction to meet the needs of students with visual impairments
  • Enhanced educational opportunities
  • Support services
  • Life skills preparation (daily living, communication, career/vocational, academic)

Plan of Study

  • A foundational course in special education
  • A course in special education law
  • A course in special education measurement

ED471: Eye Conditions and Their Learning Implications (1)

ED472:  Braille 1: Literary Braille (3)

ED473: Low Vision Techniques (2)

ED474: Adapted Materials for VI Students (2)

ED475: Assistive Technology for VI Students (2)

ED477: Literacy for Visually Impaired Children (2)

ED478: Fundamentals of Orientation and Mobility (3)

ED488: Philosophy of Blindness (1)

ED489: VI Practicum (3)

How to Apply

  • The Butler University graduate application
  • A letter of application
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution; minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Must hold a valid Indiana teaching license and have successfully completed a special education course in assessment
  • Two letters of recommendation


While we are not currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year, we would love to know more about you and your interest in this program. Please share your questions with Dr. Matt Maurer at 317-940-9207 or at