School of Education - George Mason University

Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment (VI Consortium) is the only academic program for preparing teachers of students with visual impairments in Virginia and is comprised of five universities: George Mason University, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and Radford University.

Its primary goal is to prepare teachers to be highly skilled at working with students with visual impairment and blindness. Completion of the VI program meets the Virginia Department of Education's required competencies for teachers of students with vision impairments.

How Does it Work?

Classes are offered through a combination of video conferencing, web conferencing, Blackboard and face-to-face meetings. Through video and web conferencing, students are able to experience real-time, interactive, multipoint instruction among the five universities. On-line learning through Blackboard offers students anytime, anywhere access to course content. A few courses require some face-to-face meetings, which are scheduled during the weekends or during the summer. All courses are offered in the evenings to meet the needs of those who are working full time.

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