Blindness and Visual Impairment

View the standard program prerequisites and additional information.

Teacher certification is required. When applying please specify VISUAL on your application.

Below is an example of course sequence for the master’s of arts program in Blindness and Visual Impairment. Please note that courses in this program are under revision and course numbers and names are likely to change in the near future. For an updated list of course offerings, contact VIProgram@ubc.ca.

= On Campus = Online

Year One

Summer (6 weeks: July – August) 

EPSE 541 (3) Braille Reading and Writing
EPSE 540 (3) Seminar in Low Vision

Winter Term 1: Distance 

EPSE 536 (3) Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments

Winter Term 2: Distance 

EPSE 545 (3) Teaching Independent Living Skills to Students with Visual Impairments
EPSE 415 (3) Technology for the Visually Impaired

May – June Term

EPSE 598 (3) Field Experience

Year Two

Summer (3 weeks in July) 

EPSE 455 (3) Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for the Blind
EPSE 512 (3) Problems and Issues in Special Education

Winter Term 1: Distance 

EPSE 544 (3) Literacy Instruction for Students who are Visually Impaired
EPSE 543 (3) Working with Students with Visual Impairments: Elementary and Secondary Curriculum

Winter Term 2: Distance 

EPSE 598 (3) Field Experience

Year Three

Summer (6 weeks: July – August)

EPSE 539 (3) Research Issues and Trends in the Education of Students with Visual Impairments

Research Course Requirement

Research Course (3) One of EPSE 592, EPSE 593, EPSE 595, or other approved research course related to the student’s thesis

Thesis Requirement (6 credits)

EPSE 599 (6) Master’s Thesis

Contact the program assistant for application or course registration information.

For more information about the concentration, contact Dr. Cay Holbrook or Dr. Kim Zebehazy.