The goal for creating the Visual Impairment Consortium for Teacher Preparation is to increase the number of teachers available to meet the unique needs of students who are Blind/Visually Impaired. The diversification of the program offered by institutions of higher education in multiple states, including two Michigan universities, will provide students the flexibility to choose courses among a variety of institutions that have well-established programs in Visual Impairment (VI).

VI Consortium Brochure [PDF]

Eligibility for Program

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Valid or pending Michigan teaching certificate with a special education endorsement.
  • General education teachers without a special education endorsement must complete a set of approved foundation courses in special education prior to enrollment in the program.
  • Teachers holding a teaching certificate from outside of Michigan can be admitted to the consortium and complete the program but will not receive tuition support.
    • Out-of-state teachers: contact Western Michigan University (WMU) for approval to register for a course.
    • Consortium students get priority status in registration.
    • Out-of-state teachers need to check with their own states to determine whether the consortium course offerings will satisfy that state’s VI certification requirements.

Consortium Contact

Western Michigan University

Dawn Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5218
Office Phone: 269-387-5944
Fax: 269-387-3567
dawn.l.anderson@wmich.edu

MDE-LIO Consultant

Collette Bauman
baumanc2@michigan.gov