What will I learn?

The visual impairment/orientation and mobility programs use a cohort training model. Candidates typically are admitted one time each year.

Texas Education Agency endorsement as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) requires the following:

Candidates must already have a valid Texas state teaching credential

Successful completion of all program courses: SPE 515, SPE 516, SPE 517, SPE 518, SPE 551, SPE 552 and SPE 558

Passage of both the Braille and visually impaired TExEs professional exams (TExEs 182, 183)

Note. In some cases, candidates may begin working as a TVI while still in the training program and while training for the TExES exams. Program support and coordination with ISD are required.

Which department am I in?

James I. Perkins College of Education

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
US$14,562.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


James I. Perkins College of Education

1936 North Street,



75965, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply for a master’s degree program at SFA, you must meet one of the following requirements: Be in your final year of undergraduate work; Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

For international students

Complete an Office of Research and Graduate Studies application indicating intention to pursue a graduate degree.

Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or better, or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of work completed

GRE is not required.

You must score at least a 79 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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