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The following list of
Colleges and Universities
offer programs in education of the visually impaired. Precise names of programs will vary will the school. AABT can not recommend individual schools; however, this should serve as a good point of departure. For additional information, you may want to visit
The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired,
the professional organization for teachers in the field.

Alabama

University of Alabama, Birmingham
Visual Impairments Program
Department of Special Education
Education Building Room 232 I
Birmingham, AL 35294

Contact: Dr. Mary-Jean Sanspree
Phone: 205-934-3440 or 975-5351

Areas of study:
Multiple Disability
Visually Impaired
Deaf-blind

Arizona

University of Arizona
Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Education Bldg., Room 412
P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721

Contact: Dr. Jane Erin
Phone: 520-621-0945

Areas of study:
Visually impaired
Deaf-blind
Orientation and mobility

Arkansas

University of Arkansas, Little Rock
College of Education
Dept. of Counseling, Adult & Rehabilitation Education (CARE)
2801 S. University
Little Rock, AR 72204

O&M Contact: Dr. William Jacobson
Phone: 501-569-8505

Rehabilitation Counseling Contact: Dr. Ray Ortega
Phone: 501-682-2571

Areas of study:
Orientation and mobility
Rehabilitation counseling

California

California State University, Los Angeles
Division of Special Education
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

VI Contact: Dr. Sharon Sacks
Phone: 323-343-4411

Orientation and mobility contact
Ms. Brenda Naimy, COMS
Phone: 323-343-4411

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired
Multiple impairments
Orientation and mobility

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Contact: Dr. June Downing
Phone: 818-677-5261

Area(s) of Study:
Deaf-blind
Multiple disabilities

San Diego State University
Department of Communication Disorders
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182 - 1518

Contact: Dr. Kathee Christensen, Coordinator
Phone: 619-594-6137

Area(s) of Study:
Deaf-blind
Multiple disabilities
Deaf and hard of hearing

San Francisco State University
Dept. of Special Education
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132

O&M Contact: Dr. Sandra Rosen
Phone: 415-338-1245

VI Contact: Dr. Amanda Lueck
Phone: 415-338-1080

Areas of Study:
Visually Impaired
Orientation and mobility

Colorado

University of Northern Colorado
Division of Special Education
501 20 Street
Greeley, CO 80639

VI and O&M Contact: Dr. Paula Conroy
Phone: 970-351-2691

VI Contact: Dr. Kay Ferrell

Areas of study:
Visually impaired
Orientation and mobility

Florida

Florida State University
School of Teacher Education
Program in Visual Impairment
205 Stone Bldg.
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4459

VI Contact: Dr. Sandra Lewis
Phone: 850-644-4880

VI Contact: Dr. Amy McKenzie
Phone: 850-644-4880

O&M Contact: Mickey Damelio
Phone: 850-593-1582

Area(s) of study
Visually impaired
Multiply impaired
Orientation and mobility

Illinois

Northern Illinois University
Department of Teaching and Learning (TLRN)
DeKalb, IL 60115
Department Phone: 815-753-8459

VI & Rehabilitation Teaching (RT) Contact: Dr. Gaylen Kapperman
Phone: 815-753-8453

Contact: Bill Penrod
Phone: 815-753-8452

VI & O&M Contact: Jodi Sticken
Phone: 815-753-8456

Areas of study:
Visually impaired
Rehabilitation teaching
Orientation and mobility

Indiana

Ball State University
Project Vision-Blumberg Center
School of Education
502 Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

VI Contact: Sharon Bryan
Phone: 1-800-622-3035

Areas of Study:
Visually Impaired

Iowa

University of Northern Iowa
Susan A. Brennan, PhD
Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator
154 SEC
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0601
Office: 319-273-7841

Areas of Study:
Visually Impaired

Kentucky

University of Louisville
Teacher Preparation (Visual Impairments)
Department of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development
Louisville, KY 40292

VI Contact: Dr. William Penrod
Phone: 502-852-0557

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired
Orientation & Mobility

Massachusetts

Boston College
Department of Curriculum, Administration and Special Education
Campion Hall, 211
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

Deaf-blind Contact: Patricia Mason
Phone: 617-552-8431
OR
Dr. Susan Bruce
Phone: 617-552-4239

Area(s) of Study:
Deaf-blind
Multiply impaired

Northeastern University
Dept. of Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation & Special Education
203 Lake Bldg.
Boston, MA 02115

Contact: Dr. James Scorzelli
Phone: 617-373-2487

Area(s) of Study:
Rehabilitation counseling

University of Massachusetts, Boston
Graduate College of Ed.-ICI
Vision Studies Program
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Program Director, Vision Studies
Laura Bozeman
Phone: 617-287-4385

O&M Contact: Paula Kosior
Phone: 617-287-7584

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Contact: Marybeth Dean
Phone: 617-287-7668

Area(s) of Study:
Orientation and mobility
Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments
Vision Rehabilitation Therapy

Michigan

Eastern Michigan University
Dept. of Special Education
128 Porter Bldg.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Contact: Dr. George Barach
Phone: 734-487-7120, ext. 2651

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Western Michigan University
Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies
1903 W- Michigan Avenue
Mail Stop 5218
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Blind Rehabilitation Contact:
Department Chair: James A. Leja, Ph.D
Phone: 269-387-2645

TCVI and O&M Children Contact:
Phone: 269-387-5944

O&M Adult Contact:
Dr. David Guth
Phone: 269-387-3446

Rehabilitation Teaching Contact:
Phone: 269-387-3450

Rehabilitation Counseling Contact:
Dr. Jennipher Wiebold
Phone: 269-387-3459

Area(s) of Study:
Visually Impaired
Orientation and Mobility, Adults and Children
Rehabilitation Counseling
Rehabilitation Teaching
Travel Instruction

Minnesota

Minnesota State University, Mankato
College of Allied Health & Learning
Dept. of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services
103 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, Minnesota 56001

Contact: Dr. Gerald Schneck
Phone: (507) 389-1414 (dept. phone)

Area(s) of Study:
Rehabilitation counseling

Mississippi

Mississippi State University
"There are two degree programs offered through Mississippi State University. The
Rehabilitation Counseling Program
and the
Rehabilitation Training and Research center on Blindness and Low Vision.

Mississippi State University
Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Mail Stop 9727
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Contact: Dr. Glen Hendren
Phone: 662-325-7918

Area(s) of Study:
Rehabilitation counseling
Rehabilitation teaching

Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision
P. O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Contact: John Maxon, Training Director
Phone: 662-325-2001

Missouri

Missouri State University
Special Education
c/o Dr. Paris DePaepe
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897
Telephone: 417-836-4761

Areas of Study:
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Orientation and Mobility

Nebraska

University of Nebraska
Dept. of Special Education
202 Barkley Center
Lincoln, NE 68583-0732

VI Contact: Tessa Wright
Phone: 402-472-6636

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

New Mexico

New Mexico State University
Special Education/Communication Disorders
MSC 3SPE
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

O&M Contact: Janice Duseau
Phone: 505-646-4234

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired
Orientation and mobility

New York

Dominican College
470 Western Hwy.
Orangeburg, NY 10962

Contact: Dr. Rona Shaw
Phone: 845-848-4081

Area(s) of Study:
Visually Impaired

Hunter College of the City College of New York
Dept. of Special Education
695 Park Ave. 916W
New York, NY 10065

Areas of study:
Blind and Visually Impaired Program
Rehabilitation Teaching with or without Orientation & Mobility Programs
Advanced Certificate in Orientation & Mobility

Teachers College, Columbia University
Program for Educators of Learners with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Department of Health and Behavior Studies
525 West 120th Street - Box 223
New York, NY 10027

Contact: Virginia S. Stolarski, Ed.D. Coordinator,
Phone: 212-678-3878 or 212-678-3880

Area(s) of Study:
Multiple disabilities
Visually impaired

North Carolina

North Carolina Central University
Visual Impairment Training Program
School of Education
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707

Contact: Dr. Beth Harris,
Coordinator of Vision Impairment Training Program
Phone: 919-530-5346(NCCU) / 919-715-6342 (GMS)

Area(s) of Study:
Orientation and mobility
Visually impaired

North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Box 7189 University Station
Special Education Program
Department of Teaching and Learning
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Contact: Kari Chaisson
Phone: 701-777-3188

Ohio

The Ohio State University
School of Teaching and Learning
333 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

Contact (Interim): Peter V. Paul, Ph.D.
Phone: 614-292-8059 (voice and message;TTY)
Alt Phone: 614-292-8677(message only)

Area of study:
Visually impaired

University of Toledo
Department of Special Education
College of Education
5024A Gillham Hall
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606

Contact: Dr. Sakui Malakpa
Phone: 419-530-2047

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Oklahoma

Northeastern State University
Department of Special Services
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Contact: Dr. Lillian Young
Phone: (918) 456-5511 ext. 3781 or ext. 3775

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Oregon

Portland State University
Dept. of Special Education
Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

Contact: Dr. James Bickford
Phone: 503-725-5495
OR
Contact: Cheryl Grindol
Phone: 507-725-4639

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Pennsylvania

Kutztown University
Department of Special Education
Kutztown, PA 19530

Contact: Dr. David Ross
Phone: 610-683-4290 or
Phone: 610-683-4651

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Salus University
Elkins Park Campus
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Department Phone: 215-780-1387 or 1360

Program for Teachers of Children with Visual and Multiple Disabilities Contact:
Lynne Dellinger M.Ed., COMs, TVI
Director, Professional Preparation Program for Teachers of Persons with Visual and Multiple Disabilities
Phone: 215-780-1502

Low Vision Rehabilitation Contact:
Ms. Kerry Lueders, Coordinator
Phone: 215-780-1366

O&M Contact:
Dr. Fabiana Perla, Director
Phone: 215-780-1367

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Contact:
Lachelle Smith, Coordinator VRT Program
Phone: 215-780-1440

Area(s) of Study:
Orientation and Mobility
Multiply Impaired
Visually Impaired
Vision Rehabilitation Teaching
Low Vision Rehabilitation

University of Pittsburgh
5300 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Program Coordinator Contact: Lynn Fox
Phone: 412-648-7308

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired
Orientation and mobility

South Carolina

South Carolina State University
Dept. of Human Services
PO Box 7149
Orangeburg, SC 29117

Contact: Shirley Madison
Phone: (803) 533-3956 or (803) 536-8600

Area(s) of Study:
Orientation and mobility
Rehabilitation counseling

University of South Carolina Spartanburg
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Contact:Anne Crout Shelley, Ph. D.
Phone:864-503-5551

Area(s) of Study:
Visually Impaired

South Dakota

Northern State University
Department of Special Education
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401

VI Contact: Dr. Connie Geier
Phone: 605-626-2417

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Tennessee

Middle Tennessee State University
Elementary & Special Education Department
P.O. Box 69 MTSU
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Contact: Dr. Sheri Trent
Phone: 615-898-2680

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Vanderbilt University
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Box 328
Nashville, TN 37203

Contact: Dr. Anne Corn
Phone: 615-322-2249

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Texas

Stephen F. Austin State University
Department of Human Services
Box 13019 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

VI Contact: Dixie Mercer
Phone: 936-468-2906

O&M Contact: Barry Stafford
Phone: 936-468-5348

Area(s) of Study
Visually impaired
Orientation and mobility

Texas Tech. University
College of Education
Box 41071
Lubbock, TX 79409

VI Contact: Dr. Rona Pogrund
Phone: 512-206-9213

O&M Contact: Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley
Phone: 806-742-1997 ext. 247

Deaf-blind Contact: Dr. Roseanna Davidson
Phone: 806-742-1997 ext. 246

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired
Multiply impaired
Orientation and mobility
Deaf-blind

Utah

University of Utah
Department of Special Education
1705 Campus Center Drive, Room 221
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9253

Contact: Michael Hardman
Phone: 801-581-6082

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Virginia

Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment
"The VI consortium is made up 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. Classes will be offered through video conferencing equipment to establish real-time, interactive, multipoint instruction among the five universities. Through video conferencing students are able to see and communicate with the instructor and other university students in real time."

West Virginia

Marshall University
100 Angus E. Payton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600

VI Contact: Dr. Christine Roman
Phone: 304-746-8941

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

Wisconsin

Silver Lake College
Department of Special Education
2406 Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Contact: Special Education department
Phone: 920-686-6190
Phone: 1-800 236-4752 ext. 190

Area(s) of Study:
Visually impaired

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