Multi-University Consortium Teacher Training Program Sensory Impairments (VISEP)

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Project Context
A critical shortage of highly qualified public school personnel to serve children with sensory impairments has been identified in Utah and the nation. There is a need for personnel that have the skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful, to serve these children.

Project Focus
The Multi-University Consortium for Teacher Training in Sensory Impairments (VISEP)is a cooperative effort between the University of Utah and Communications Disorders/CPD at Utah State University.

VISEP provides coursework leading to a teaching credential necessary to serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers (birth to five years) who have vision or hearing impairments, and their families. Graduates receive a Utah Early Childhood Special Education Certificate with an endorsement in vision or hearing for children aged 0-5. Students could also receive a B.S. or M.S. depending on their specific program arrangements. It is available statewide and in border areas of neighboring states.

The project funds approximately 30 students a year at the University of Utah or Utah State University over the five years of the grant, and utilizes distance learning technology to support students in rural and remote locations. Additional emphasis is placed on recruiting students from diverse cultures and underserved populations. Latino students and several from the Navajo tribe have received certification in visual impairment.