Initial Speciality Sets

Updated Draft Specialty Set Standards for Initial Licensure of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments

Submitted to CEC for Review on March 31, 2017

CEC’s Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness (DVIDB) is going through the validation process for the Initial Specialty Set: Blind and Visual Impairments. As part of the validation process, DVIDB is asking volunteers with expertise in this field to complete a survey that rates each knowledge and skill item as essential or non-essential for practitioners. If you are a member of DVIDB, your feedback will be critical as we finalize the new Specialty Set.

DVIDB Initial Specialty Set for Validation
Powerpoint from CEC Standards Forum

On March 8, 2018 DVIDB hosted a 90-minute, captioned webinar on the process used to revise and update our knowledge and skills competencies for Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) within the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) consensual validation framework. The recording of that webinar can be accessed at this link:

The Council for Exceptional Children publishes professional standards to ensure that students with disabilities receive high-quality instruction from well-prepared educators.
What Every Special Educator Should Know, Revised 2009

In addition to the CEC Professional Standards, the Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness (DVIDB) publishes standards for the initial certification of teachers of students with visual impairments and guidelines for the specialized knowledge and skill set for interveners who work with students with deafblindness. Adherence to these standards ensures that students with visual impairments and those with deafblindness are served by educators who possess the knowledge and skills to meet the unique learning needs of these populations.

Posted June, 2016