Visual Impairment - M.Ed.

Master of Education in Visual Impairment

This program is designed for teachers who are already certfied. This degree is offered collaboratively by USC Upstate and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. Throughout the program of study you will learn how to assist children who are blind or have low vision to achieve their educational goals and prepare for a promising future.

The Master of Education in Visual Impairment Program is shaped and aligned with the College 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.

Why our Program?
  • 100 percent of our graduates are employed as full-time teachers.
  • A comprehensive and culturally responsive program of study, including braille, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility.
  • Offers a vairety of clinical experiences at schools to apply what you are learning.
  • South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind make housing available for summer offerings at no cost.
  • Courses offered through distance delivery and supplemented with face-to-face meeting.
  • Prepares you to effectively meet the educational needs of students with visual impairments.
  • Only ones in South Carolina.
  • Nationally recognized.
  • Offer a MAT program (inital licensure) to become a visual impairment teacher.

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Requirements for admission include submission of GRE or MAT scores, undergraduate transcripts, three recommendations, copy of your current teaching certficate, and personal statement. To apply or for more information, contact Alyssa Dickerson Moody at or 864-503-5573.

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What alumni are saying...

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The visual impairment master’s program at USC Upstate allowed me to continue my full-time job while taking classes in the evening. Multiple field opportunities provided ample experience and helped me grow as a teacher. Upon graduation, I felt confident that my education prepared me well for a career in educating students with visual impairments.

- Leslie Borton '19, Teacher for the Visually Impaired

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The staff at USC Upstate, especially Dr. Tina Herzberg, have gone above and beyond to make my entrance into the program and this career field a smooth transition. From assistance with registering to answering questions about specific eye conditions or evaluations, they have always been hepful, informative, and uplifting.  I have attended two other USC campuses and the folks here at USC Upstate are the best!

- Heather Green '16, Teacher for the Visually Impaired