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Masters of Education
Special Education: Visual Impairment

" I had always dreamed of getting my master's degree, but I could not figure a way to do it. The visual impairment program at USC Upstate allowed me to achieve my dream . It was a wonderful opportunity. I wanted to make a difference in the someone's life and I feel that being a teacher of the visually impaired gives me the chance to impact a child's life and future. I am so grateful."

-Kathy Goodwin '11,
Teacher at South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

The School of Education at USC Upstate is proud to offer the only Master of Education in Visual Impairment Program in South Carolina. This program is designed for teachers who are already certified. With 50 percent of current teachers of students with visual impairment expected to retire within the next three to five years, it is a perfect time to consider becoming a teacher of students with visual impairments.


The Master of Education in Visual Impairment Program is shaped and aligned with the School of Education's core values and disposition and the standards set by the Council for Exceptional Children. The SC Department of Education requirements for endorsement in visual impairment have also been embedded into the program. Candidates in the program are typically full-time teachers from across the state. Thus, the two-year program offers live classes at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind in the summer and distance learning classes in the fall and spring.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tina Herzberg, (864) 503-5572.

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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
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Toll-free: 800-277-8727
Phone: 864-503-5246

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.