Become a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments

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A teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI) has a master’s degree in special education and works to support students with visual impairments and their educational teams. TSVIs travel to schools where students with visual impairments are enrolled to provide specialized instruction in areas of the expanded core curriculum (ECC) such as independent living skills and assistive technology, consult with classroom teachers to collaboratively ensure instruction in the core curriculum is meaningful and accessible. TSVIs may also work with parents, other professionals, and community organizations.

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Are you a qualified teacher interested in working in this rewarding and engaging field? The University of British Columbia offers both MA and MEd degree options and has programs running every two years. The program is delivered through a combination of on-campus courses during the summer and online courses during the fall and spring so that teachers can continue working while studying. For more information, see the following documents:

There are currently a number of full-time and part-time positions available for teachers of students with visual impairments in British Columbia. For more information, please visit


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