[Pibe-division] TVI/TBS College Programs

Chris Nusbaum cnusbaumnfb at gmail.com
Sun Jan 4 22:38:44 UTC 2015

Craig et al,


Thank you all for the information. I had not heard of NIU before now, so this may be an option. As a Maryland resident, I would like something which is relatively close to home, so I’m actively looking at Kutztown at the moment. However, I may investigate programs like NIU and Florida State if I determine that Kutztown is not right for me. While we’re on the subject, did anyone attend Kutztown? If so, would you recommend it?




From: Craig Phillips [mailto:cphillips at kssdb.org] 
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2015 6:05 AM
To: Chris Nusbaum
Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] TVI/TBS College Programs


Contact Dr. Gaylen Kapperman at Northern Illinois University. Gaylen is visually impaired as well and runs a top notch program. It's not an easy program, but he and his staff are excellent.

Craig Phillips, MS Ed. COMS

Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist 

Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Kansas State School for the Blind
1100 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
O: 913.305.3044

C: 913.645.5472
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier-not that the nature of the task has changed-but our ability to do so has increased." RWE


On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 3:59 PM, Chris Nusbaum via Pibe-division <pibe-division at nfbnet.org> wrote:

Hello All,


As some on this list may already know, I am a blind high school junior who is beginning my college search. I have decided that I would like to pursue a career as a teacher of blind students (aka teacher of the visually impaired, VI teacher, etc.) So far I have found some information on the Internet on colleges which offer such a major, some as an undergraduate program and many others as a Masters program. The only information I currently have, however, is the material posted on individual college Web sites and an extensive directory from the Texas School for the Blind. I would therefore like to get some feedback from those who have walked this path before me. What are some colleges you recommend? What are the pros and cons of each program? Also, do you think it is better to obtain a BS in special ed with a consentration in visual impairment, as offered by schools such as Kutztown University in Pensylvania, or pursue a bachelor’s in special ed and wait until grad school to concentrate on blindness? Any insights and experience you could provide me would be much appreciated.


Thank you,



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