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Become A Visually Impaired Teacher

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Working As A Visually Impaired Teacher

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $43,095

    Average Salary

What Does A Visually Impaired Teacher Do At Colorado State

* Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and school reform tenets under the direction of the Principal, School for the Blind, maintains a positive classroom environment utilizing appropriate classroom management, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.
* Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of task analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, daily living skills, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to students who have vision loss, parent relations and teamwork.
* Utilizes technology to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
* Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.
* Serves as a Student Advocate for assigned students.
* Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction, supporting school reform efforts, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
* Positively serves as a team member in the School for the Blind, and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
* Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
* Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
* Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.
* Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

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How To Become A Visually Impaired Teacher

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified. For information about teacher preparation programs and certification requirements, visit Teach.org or contact your state’s board of education.

Education

All states require special education teachers in public schools to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some earn a degree specifically in special education. Others major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or science, with a minor in special education.

In a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in special education, prospective teachers learn about the different types of disabilities and how to present information so that students will understand. These programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. To become fully certified, some states require special education teachers to complete a master’s degree in special education.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools may prefer to hire teachers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in special education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed. A license is frequently referred to as a certification. Those who teach in private schools are not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, states also require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development classes or a master’s degree program to maintain their license.

Many states offer general licenses in special education that allow teachers to work with students with a variety of disabilities. Others offer licenses or endorsements based on a disability-specific category, such as autism or behavior disorders.

Some states allow special education teachers to transfer their licenses from another state. Other states require even an experienced teacher to pass their state’s licensing requirements.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately, under the close supervision of an experienced teacher. These alternative programs cover teaching methods and child development. Candidates are awarded full certification after they complete the program. Other programs require prospective teachers to take classes in education before they can start to teach. They may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.

Training

Some special education teachers need to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching, before they can work as a teacher. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, they gain experience in preparing lesson plans and teaching students in a classroom setting, under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years. Many universities offer student teaching programs as part of a degree in special education.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentor or lead teachers who help less experienced teachers improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, assistant principals, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Special education teachers discuss students’ needs and performances with general education teachers, parents, and administrators. They also explain difficult concepts in terms that students with learning disabilities can understand.

Critical-thinking skills. Special education teachers assess students’ progress and use that information to adapt lessons to help them learn.

Interpersonal skills. Special education teachers regularly work with general education teachers, school counselors, administrators, and parents to develop Individualized Education Programs. As a result, they need to be able to build positive working relationships.

Patience. Working with students with special needs and different abilities can be difficult. Special education teachers should be patient with each student, as some may need the instruction given aloud, at a slower pace, or in writing.  

Resourcefulness. Special education teachers must develop different ways to present information in a manner that meets the needs of their students. They also help general education teachers adapt their lessons to the needs of students with disabilities.

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Visually Impaired Teacher Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    76.8%
  • Male

    21.4%
  • Unknown

    1.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.5%
  • Asian

    6.8%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    1.2%
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Languages Spoken

  • Braille

    61.9%
  • Spanish

    19.0%
  • Portuguese

    4.8%
  • Hindi

    4.8%
  • Russian

    4.8%
  • Bengali

    4.8%
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Real Visually Impaired Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Teacher of The Visually Impaired Colville School District #115 Colville, WA Jan 03, 2011 $118,959
Teacher of The Visually Impaire Colville School District #115 Colville, WA Dec 01, 2010 $118,959
Teacher of The Visually Impaired Colville School District #115 Colville, WA Dec 01, 2010 $118,959
Teacher, Visual Impairments Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose, CA Jul 23, 2016 $105,251
Teacher of Students With Visual Impairments Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose, CA Jul 31, 2014 $89,041
Special Education Visually Impaired Teacher Fayette County Public School Lexington, KY Aug 09, 2010 $56,521
Special Education-Visually Impaired Teacher Fayette County Public School Lexington, KY Aug 09, 2010 $56,521
Teacher of Students With Visual Impairments Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose, CA Jul 31, 2011 $45,657
Teacher for The Students With Visual Impairments Calhoun County School District Saint Matthews, SC Jun 02, 2012 $45,060
Teacher-Blind and Visually Impaired Kern County Superintendent of Schools Bakersfield, CA Aug 25, 2011 $45,000
Teacher for Visually Impaired Glendale Union High School District Glendale, AZ Aug 08, 2011 $43,095
Teacher for Visually Impaired Glendale Union High School District Glendale, AZ Jul 25, 2011 $43,095
Teacher of The Blind and Visually Impaired Carroll Center for The Blind Newton, MA Jan 18, 2013 $42,900
Blind & Visually Impaired Teacher II Catholic Charities Maine Bangor, ME Jan 02, 2013 $39,320 -
$46,093
Teacher for Blind/Visually Impaired Northeast Metropolitan Intermediate School District 916 Little Canada, MN Aug 27, 2016 $39,000 -
$78,139
Teacher for Blind/Visually Impaired Northeast Metropolitan Intermediate School District 916 Little Canada, MN Aug 01, 2015 $39,000 -
$78,139

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Top Skills for A Visually Impaired Teacher

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Top Visually Impaired Teacher Skills

  1. IEP
  2. Classroom Teachers
  3. Visual Impairments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained good communication with parents, school staff members, IEP team members and colleagues throughout the school year.
  • Collaborated and supported classroom teachers promoting best practices for fostering inclusion and maintaining high expectations when teaching students with visual impairments.
  • Ensured all educational materials were accessible for students with visual impairments.
  • Middle School Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired Children with Severe and Multiple Disabilities Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Provided direct instruction and consultation to students with visual impairments as well as their instructors in academic areas.

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