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HerzbergTinaTina Herzberg

School of Education
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303


Educational Background:

Ph.D. in Special Education Leadership and Interagency Collaboration, Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, August 2006. Dissertation: The Quality of Braille Instructional Materials in Texas Public Schools.

M.Ed. with a Specialization in the Education of the Visually Impaired, Special Education, Texas Tech University, August 1994.

B.A. with Teaching Certification, Mathematics, Angelo State University, Magna cum Laude, May 1990.

Courses Taught:                    
SVIP 610: The Nature and Needs of Learners with Visual Impairment
SVIP 650: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders of the Visual System
SVIP 705: Literary Braille Code
SVIP 706: Advanced Braille
SVIP 724: Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities
SEDF 333: Educational Development of the Lifelong Learner

Professional Experience:
August 2007 – present
Assistant Professor and Director of Special Education-Visual Impairment Program, University of South Carolina Upstate                                      

Fall 2006
Adjunct instructor for SEFB 426 and supervised student teaching practicum of undergraduate students, Texas A&M University                                                

Spring 2004
Supervised student teaching practicum of undergraduate student, Texas A&M University

Jan. 1996 – Aug. 2007
Education Specialist/Team Leader
Provided staff development and technical assistance (2000-2007)
Taught students with visual impairments (1996-1999)
Education Service Center Region 12   

Aug. 1994 – Dec. 1995
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Belton Independent School District                                   

Aug. 1990 – May 1994
Classroom Teacher
Taught 6th grade Language Arts and Math, Brownfield Independent School District                                   

Areas of Specialization:

  • Teaching students with visual impairments, including students with multiple disabilities
  • Teaching students who are deafblind and other low incidence populations
  • Knowledge of special education legislation, transition, and general education curriculum
  • Certified literary braille transcriber, currently working on Nemeth certification


Herzberg, T. S., & Hooks, L. M. (in press). From the classroom to the computer. Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina.

Herzberg, T. S, & Stough, L. M. (2007). The production of brailled instructional materials in Texas public schools. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 101, 465-478.

Herzberg, T. S. (2006). The quality of brailled instructional materials produced in Texas public schools. (Unpublished dissertation).

Herzberg, T. S., Stough, L. M., & Clark, C. M. (2004). Teaching and assessing the appropriateness of uncontracted braille. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 98, 773-779.  

Region 12 Deafblind Stakeholders and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (2002). A Process for Identifying Students Who May Be At-Risk for Deafblindness, Available from http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/deafblind/process.htm.

Grant Proposal Awarded:

United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. (2008).

Preparing Highly Qualified Personnel to Serve Children with Visual Impairment (CFDA 84.325K). Approved proposal, $746,956.

All Blind Children of Texas. (2007). Camp Teen Challenge: Education Service Center Region 12 and Division for Blind Services. Approved proposal, $3000.

Selected Presentations:

(July, 2008).  Teaching braille reading. Presentation at the Research to Practice Week hosted by the South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, SC.

(July, 2008). Promoting success in post-secondary education programs. Poster session presented at the international conference of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

(Spring, 2008). Being a good detective: comprehensive functional vision and learning media assessments. Professional development course hosted by the South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, SC.

(April, 2008). Overview of visual impairments.  Spartanburg Community College. Spartanburg, SC.

(November, 2007). Preparing students for success in life: Teaching beyond academics. Key note speaker at South Carolina Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Mrytle Beach, SC.

(July, 2007). Planning for a successful transition. Presentation at the Research to Practice Week hosted by the South Carolina Department of Education, Spartanburg, SC.

(March, 2007). Transition planning. Presentation for Parent Support Group. Killeen, TX.

(October, 2006). Linking accountability with decision-making for the Texas Assessment Program. Presentation for Midway Independent School District. Waco, TX.

(September, 2004). Providing staff development. Tarleton State University. Waco, TX.

(April/May, 2004). Overview of visual impairments.  Texas A&M University. College Station, TX.

Oriegas, O., Herzberg, T.S., & Thompson, D. (June, 2003). Resources for braille materials. Presentation for Texas Focus. San Antonio, TX.

Herzberg, T.S., Mosser, S., & Crawshaw, L. (February, 2003). Identification of students who are at-risk for deafblindness. Paper presented at the Texas Deafblind Symposium. Austin, TX.

Activities and Professional Memberships:

  • Member of the South Carolina Vision Partnership, 2007-present.

  • Member of Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired, 1994-present.

  • Member of AER Division for Itinerant Teachers and/or Personnel Preparation, 1994-present.


Graduate Studies Apply Now 
Graduate Tuition and Fees


Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Visual Impairment Education

Program Contacts

Tina Herzberg, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs
School of Education

Ron Fulbright, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Department of Informatics


Mary Alice Hodge, Ph.D., CNL-C, RN

Director, Graduate Program
Mary Black School of Nursing

Office of Admissions
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