Early Intervention Vision Specialist Graduate Certificate
This one-year, five-course sequence of study:
Is aimed at increasing the number of personnel qualified to provide early intervention for Illinois children with blindness, visual impairments, or deafblindness. Upon completion, candidates will have earned the new ISU Graduate Specialization Certificate: Early Intervention Vision Specialist from Illinois State University as well as having completed the necessary core knowledge competency areas needed to apply for the early intervention credential in Illinois.
Will recruit cohorts of Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists to enable them to become Early Intervention Developmental Therapists-Vision and Developmental Therapists-Orientation and Mobility Specialists in order to increase access to highly trained service providers for infants and toddlers with blindness, visual impairments, or deafblindness.
Will train the first cohort of students from July 2015 to July 2016.
Each academic year, a cohort of 10 teachers of the Visually Impaired and/or Orientation and Mobility Specialists will complete a 15-credit sequence of courses and field work/professional practice.
The courses will be taken as follows: 2 courses during July of first summer and 2 courses during July of second summer with a Practicum throughout the year.
Upon completion of 5 courses, students will receive Early Intervention Specialist Gradate Certificate from ISU and will be prepared to apply through the Illinois Early Intervention System for a credential as a Developmental Therapist for Vision, and if applicable, a Developmental Therapist for Orientation and Mobility.
All courses will be offered concurrently at 2 locations during the summer: ISU's main campus in Normal, Illinois and a satellite location in the greater Chicago area.
May be completed on school holidays, "personal days", late afternoons, evenings, or on weekends so as not to interfere with full time jobs.
Students will have individual supervision /mentoring at least 2x per month during professional practice
The cohort will meet for 4-hour seminars on 6 Saturdays during the academic year
During the final summer of each cohorts program year, students complete a 1-week center based practicum