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There is currently a nationwide shortage of and critical need for trained professionals qualified to work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

A minor in visual impairment and blindness equips students with the skills and content knowledge necessary to support the needs of individuals with blindness and visual impairments, including those who have multiple disabilities and diverse learner characteristics. Completing the minor partially fulfills the requirements for Virginia's initial teaching license in special education blindness and visual impairments PK–12.

Course format

The minor courses are offered in a hybrid format with some courses face-to-face and others online in synchronous or asynchronous formats. Field experiences occur in the Northern Virginia area.

Licensure Disclosure

George Mason University will verify completion of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.