Become a Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Dominican College offers two pathways that prepare you for certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Why Become a TVI

  • Currently, the field of blindness is experiencing a great shortage of teachers, approximately 5,000 nationwide.
  • Starting salaries for TVIs are competitive. These jobs come with great benefits, job security, and the opportunity to improve the lives of blind or children with visually impaired.

The Dominican College Advantage

  • Online Program: Benefit from the flexibility and convenience of an online degree program. On- campus residence is required for a total of only 3 days at the end of June, with hotel accommodations provided! (pending grant approval)
  • Learn from Top Educators: Classes are taught by expert faculty who are active in the field of visual impairment and blindness and who are fully committed to your success.
  • Personalized Attention: Smaller cohorts allow faculty to provide you with personalized attention and superior training.
  • Employment Opportunities: Graduates have a 95% employment rate prior to graduation.

Graduates of the Dominican College TVI Program are well-prepared to meet the academic needs of their students in Pre-K-12 educational settings using a wide range of assistive technology, devices for braille literacy instruction and low vision magnification accommodations.

In-depth methods instruction is also provided to prepare teachers in training to meet the needs of students with a wide range of disabilities in addition to visual impairment.

TVI Curriculum Pathways

Dominican College offers two different pathways that will allow you to receive the coursework and instruction needed for preparation for NYS certification.

36- Credit, M.S. in Education Pathway:

  • Available to all applicants who hold a state teaching certificate in the area of special education, early- childhood, childhood, middle or adolescence education.
  • Provides an MS in Education degree as Teacher of Students with Blindness and multiple impairments along with recommendation for NY State Certification.
  • Coursework prepares you to work with students with multiple impairments, blindness and deaf-blindness.
  • Coursework can be completed in fewer than 24 months.
  •  ITI Tuition Remission is available for those who plan to teach in NY after coursework completion.
  • Financial Aid, the TEACH Grant and Scholarships may be available to students.

9-24 Credit Pathway:

  • This coursework is a non-matriculating pathway that prepares you to sit for the State Exam to obtain a state teaching certification as a TVI.
  • Available to applicants who hold a state teaching certificate in any educational area.
  • Courses include Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility and Nemeth Code.
  • Coursework can be completed in 12-18 months.
  • ITI Tuition Remission is available for those who plan to teach in NY after coursework completion.

About the Coordinator

Yvette M. Blitzer, M.S Ed., is Coordinator of the Program, Teachers of Students Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired .

A graduate of Dominican College and the TVI program, Ms. Blitzer joined the faculty after 15 years of service in the field of low vision and blindness.   She has held a variety of roles in the field of education including classroom teacher, educational coordinator, and program director for after school programs, curriculum designer and writer for visual and performance arts programs in Arizona and New York City.  Mrs. Blitzer continues to remain active in service as well as in the area of research, as she aims to complete her doctoral studies in “Educational Leadership and Management” with Capella University.  Furthermore, her time and service extends to several committees such as New York State Chapter for the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Association for the Visually Impaired in Rockland County along with the Council for Exceptional Children’s Diversity Division.

Meet the Graduate Teacher Education Faculty and Staff

TVI Career Paths

Graduates of the Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (TVI) Program are employed in diverse educational settings:

Early Intervention Programs
Government Agencies
Itinerant teaching settings
Public and Private School Districts
Residential Schools for the Blind

Course Information

Course Descriptions
Course Schedules

Speak to us about applying to a Graduate Program at Dominican College today!

Contact Heather Bergling today for more information about applying to the Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (TVI) program.

Heather Bergling
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (845) 848-7908

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