Division on Visual Impairments


A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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41 VIDBE-Q Volume 63 Issue 3 1. What is the importance of the CEC's Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness (DVIDB) Initial Specialty Set: Blind and Visual Impairments? The CEC's Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness (DVIDB) Initial Specialty Set was developed in order to inform personnel preparation programs, accreditation organizations, and credentialing agencies about the skills that a teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) must master in order to become an effective educator of students who are blind or who have low vision upon initial licensure. 1. Are these standards enforceable, and if so, how and by who are they enforced/monitored? For universities? states? individual teachers? The initial specialty set from DVIDB adheres to the standards set forth by the larger CEC organization. All personnel preparation programs in visual impairment education that are applying to become accredited programs through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) must show evidence of pre-service teachers' knowledge and skills as set forth by CEC standards. A review team of professionals in special education reviews all reports of that evidence and monitors the practice of personnel preparation in university settings. Accreditation of a university by CAEP is dependent upon adherence to the standards. 2. What about TVIs who do not go through university programs – do these standards apply? No. The standards do not necessarily apply, although some university preparation programs that are not CAEP-accredited use these standards to design their coursework and field experiences. Without evidence of having adhered to the CEC DVIDB initial specialty set, it is unknown what training those TVIs are receiving. However, an employer who hires a teacher from a personnel preparation programs that adhere to the standards can be assured of the training that person by reviewing the standards. 2. What is meant by "initial" specialty set – is there a more advanced set of standards? According to CEC, the initial standards define what beginning teachers must know and be able to do to begin their teaching career. The initial specialty sets FAQ. CEC's Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness Initial Specialty Set: Blind and Visual Impairments

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