13A.12.02.23

.23 Blind/Visually Impaired.

A. The requirements for initial certification to teach blind/visually impaired students and renewal of certification to teach blind/visually impaired students are those set forth in §§B—D of this regulation.

B. Special Education Background. For initial certification to teach blind/visually impaired students, an applicant shall complete the following coursework.

(1) Special Education Course Work:

(a) Introduction to exceptional children; and

(b) Education of students with multiple disabilities.

(2) Specialized Content Course Work. An applicant shall submit a minimum of 21 semester hours of credit of Department-approved Continuing Professional Development credits including the following areas:

(a) Knowledge of literary Braille, including methods of teaching Braille reading and writing;

(b) Knowledge of Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science and other Braille codes (foreign language, Braille formats, computer, Unified English Braille Code);

(c) Medical aspects and disorders of the eye including their current and future impact on the development of the student and current and future literacy needs;

(d) Curriculum, instructional methods, and adaptations to meet the individualized needs of blind/visually impaired students (including the Expanded Core Curriculum and access to the general education curriculum);

(e) Assessment, diagnosis, and prescriptive techniques to meet the individualized needs of blind/visually impaired students (including the Expanded Core Curriculum and access to the general education curriculum);

(f) Introduction to orientation and mobility training emphasizing the development of concepts and skills required for independent travel; and

(g) A supervised practicum or 1 year of satisfactory teaching experience with blind/visually impaired students.

(3) Professional Education Course Work. An applicant shall have a minimum of 12 semester hours in course work or its equivalent including the following areas:

(a) Human Growth and Development (birth through adult);

(b) Methods of Reading Instruction;

(c) Assessment of Reading Instruction; and

(d) Methods of Teaching Mathematics.

C. Special Provision. A teacher professionally certified in early childhood, elementary, middle school, secondary, generic special education, or PreK—grade 12 education who seeks an endorsement to teach students with visual impairments shall meet the requirements of §§B(1)—(3) of this regulation.

D. Renewal.

(1) A teacher certified for teaching blind/visually impaired students shall present a qualifying score on a Department approved test of Braille competency before the expiration of the initial professional certificate and 6 semester hours of course work from an IHE or in Department-approved Continuing Professional Development credits or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

(2) For continued renewal, a teacher certified or teaching blind/visually impaired students shall submit 6 semester hours of course work from an IHE or Department-approved Continuing Professional Development credits or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which must include maintenance of knowledge of Braille code.