Master of Science in Special Education, Blindness and Low Vision Option

Empower visually-impaired students through education.

a teacher and student completing mobility trainingLearn to create specialized teaching environments for exceptional students.

Prepare for a career as a residential, itinerant or resource teacher to the visually impaired. Build on your bachelor's degree, in education or in another field,* and specialize your area of expertise. You'll study in an intensive, research-based program and learn how to assess blindness and low vision. You will learn Braille instruction and discover the technology options available so that you may create a successful teaching environment.

This program is fully online and may be completed in 2 to 3 years. With the successful completion of certificate, you will be equipped to teach birth to 12th grade blind and low vision students.

* Additional coursework will apply. Our advisors can assist you with a degree pathway.

Blindness/Low Vision Scholarship

Students who reside in Missouri and are pursuing certification in Blind and Low Vision B-12 (BLV) and/or licensure in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) in in our program are eligible for a scholarship administered through the CLSE department. This funding is provided by DESE and aimed at increasing the number of highly qualified teachers with certification in Blind and Low Vision B-12 (BLV) and/or licensure in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) in the state of Missouri. For more information, please contact Lisa Monkres

You may secure employment in the following roles, with this degree:

  • Teacher
  • Residential instructors
  • Private rehabilitation instructor in state agencies and Veteran's Administration


Enjoy a high level of academic excellence.
Missouri State has been teaching educators for over 100 years.

Our program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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Maximize your investment of time and money.
We put paying for college within reach with affordable tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

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