Special Education: Specialization In Visual Impairment (P-12)
M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
Degree: Masters Degree: Endorsement Program Type: Blended Interest: Communication Disorders

This unique program is offered online during the academic year with a few weeks of skill-based courses for 2 summers at the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired or the Kansas State School for the Blind.

  • Students are admitted to the program for the fall semester. The application deadline is January 15 prior to the fall semester.
  • Student teaching is individualized and experiences can be embedded throughout your program.

Who should consider this program

  • Special education teachers who work with visually impaired students
  • Educators in general education settings who want to increase participation of visually impaired students in their classrooms
  • Educators who need additional certification to serve this specialized population
  • Educators who want to increase marketability by becoming a trained specialist in a field of few trained specialists

Ranked Among The Best

U.S. News and World Report Rankings2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings place this program 14th on the list of "Best Online Graduate Education Programs."


Tuition & Fees For Visual Impairment

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

The program is structured with a specialized visual impairment course offered each fall and spring and 2 courses each summer across a 2 1/2 year period. There are on-site requirements for the summer courses.

Student teaching is individualized and can be embedded throughout the program.

Endorsement (36 credit hours)

Endorsement program students follow the same procedures and requirements for student teaching. (NOTE: 6 credits of the endorsement do not count towards the master’s degree.)

Master's Degree (39 credit hours)

  • Complete 36 credits required for the endorsement. Courses required for the endorsement may be used for the master’s degree requirements but no course may be over six years old at the time of graduation. Six credits of the endorsement do not count towards master’s degree.
  • 1 additional 3 credit hour 800/900 level course and one research course.
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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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