Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility

Grants and Contracts Details


Abstract This state funded grant is to train Visual Impairment Professionals as Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists due to critical shortages in these areas. Since the start of the Teacher Preparation Program in Visual Impairments in 2012, the University of Kentucky (UK) has successfully graduated 70 TVIs. The program continues to grow and reach students from all regions of Kentucky. In year nine of the grant, the program will officially offer two master’s degree programs: 1) Teacher Preparation Program in Visual Impairment, and 2) O&M. Monies from this grant will provide salaries for three full-time faculty members, as with three part-time instructors/field supervisors. In addition to teaching courses, faculty members supervise students, provide service to the field, engage in research, and provide technical assistance and outreach to districts across the state. Tuition support will be available for teachers working at the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) or Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) pursuing their VI certification and tuition costs for students in the O&M program. The remaining funds will also go towards program materials, equipment, travel, and programming for students. The most recent cohort to start the program, in the fall of 2019, consists of 12 students expected to complete the program in 2021. The program is currently accepting students to start the eighth cohort in the fall of 2020. In addition, eight students are expected to complete the O&M program by the summer of 2021, and 12 new students will start the program. These graduate level students continue to represent diverse backgrounds and locations across the Commonwealth. Both the TVI and O&M programs utilize a hybrid model, offering online classes in the evenings, combined with face-to-face courses on weekends and in the summer in Louisville at the Kentucky School for the Blind or at the University of Kentucky
Effective start/end date10/1/206/30/21


  • KY Department of Education: $590,623.00


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