The University of Arizona was just awarded $1.25M from the US Department of Education and the primary goal of this project will be to prepare teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs).


Here are the details:


  • Project summary: The primary goal of this project is to develop and deliver an interdisciplinary preparation for TVIs, serving students with visual impairments (VI) and to alleviate personnel shortage.

  • Project duration: 5 years

  • This project will provide new applicants to the program with full tuition coverage and an opportunity to work closely with scholars from the rehabilitation counseling field

  • Existing research indicates that local high school students, paraprofessionals, or other local community members are the best candidates for teacher candidates who can be available continuously. In addition, they are the ones who are familiar with local communities and can become an excellent resources for local schools, families, and communities. With adoption of the distance education model, all teacher candidates can complete the training program remotely.


If you know of a potential candidate who is considering becoming a TVI, this might be a perfect opportunity with financial support available. The University of Arizona would like to extend their sincere appreciation for your support and recruitment effort. Please this message to those who might be a good candidate for becoming a TVI.  Questions can be directed to Sunggye Hong, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Special Education Unit Chair and  Program Director of Visual Impairment Specialization University of Arizona,  Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies email: and phone:  520-621-0945