Division on Visual Impairments


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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 3 Those who are new to the vision profession are not eligible for this abbreviated Certificate of Graduate Study. Instead, those who are new to the vision profession can acquire the required CATIS coursework and internship experience at NIU through the full-length vision master's degree program leading to initial licensure/certification in any combination of the following: TVI, COMS, CVRT, or CATIS. For example, NIU students enrolled in this aspect of Project VITALL coursework are pursuing full-length master's degree programs that lead to dual certification in TVI/CATIS, COMS/CATIS, or CVRT/CATIS. This method of acquiring eligibility for the CATIS certification exam includes traditional and comprehensive year-round coursework and the required clinical experiences for new professionals earning a master's degree in visual disabilities. To learn more about the ACVREP CATIS certification, go to www.acvrep.org/certifications/catis. The ACVREP CATIS Certification Handbook is available on this website and outlines the CATIS eligibility criteria. Northern Illinois University has generous financial support available for those interested in earning their CATIS certification. For more information about NIU's Project VITALL and the financial aid that is currently available, go to www.vision.niu.edu. Those interested are encouraged to start their 27

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