Blindness and Visual Impairment


Two people sit at a desk in a classroom. One person is leaning on the table facing down. The second person is sitting adjacent to the other, with their back to the camera, facing down towards the desk. Their attention is placed on a paper on the desk.

Our programs will prepare you to work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired in wide range of settings. New York State certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TSVI or TVI), work with young people in grades K-12 who may be blind or have low vision. TVIs work in a variety of educational settings, including residential schools for the blind or as itinerant teachers in public and private schools in New York City, Long Island, upstate New York, and beyond. You will learn how to teach assistive technology, braille, orientation and mobility, and all components of the Expanded Core Curriculum.

Programs in orientation and mobility (O&M) prepare you to work with children and adults who have visual impairments in both schools and adult, residential or non-school agency settings. If you have a master’s degree in vision rehabilitation therapy or teacher of the visually impaired, our real-time distance learning instruction and limited on-campus required labs allow you to complete your advanced certificate program in O&M from anywhere in the United States.

Hunter also has master’s and advanced certificate programs to prepare you to teach in vision rehabilitation therapy (VRT) and work with individuals who are visually impaired and blind in adult, residential or non-school agency settings. Employment opportunities are excellent across the United States for VRT professionals. The VRT programs use real-time distance learning instruction with limited on-campus required labs, allowing you to complete your master’s degree from anywhere in the United States.

Programs in Blind and Visually Impaired include:

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