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Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments and School Psychologists Collaborating through an Interdisciplinary Program to Improve Services

Grant funding for scholars has ended.


The Department of Special Education/Multi University Consortium's Visual Impairments Program and the Department of Educational Psychology's School Psychology Program have been awarded a Teacher Preparation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs. This five-year project will provide $1,242,384 to support the preparation of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments and School Psychologists.

The project is a direct response to the critical shortage of prepared personnel to serve school-age children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs, specifically, children with high-intensity needs who are severely blind, visually impaired or low vision with or without concomitant disabilities. The project will prepare personnel who are knowledgeable in both fields, are able to deliver effective services to children, and are able to work as a collaborative team.

Scholar Support

The grant will provide scholars $13,500 per year ($5,000 Fall and Spring semesters; $3,500 Summer semester) for up to two years. Scholars may be eligible for a 50% tuition benefit (waiver) Fall and Spring semesters.  Applications are currently being accepted prior to summer semesters.


Eligible Applicants

Individuals interested in becoming a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments or a School Psychologist. Scholars must be working toward a Master’s degree in Special Education/Visual Impairments or Educational Specialist in School Psychology.

Last Updated: 2/27/24