Apply for the Vision Studies MEd

Submitting Materials: Most materials can be uploaded via your online application. Official transcripts and other correspondence can be sent via mail to the following address:

Databank - UMass Boston Graduate Admissions
PO Box 6195 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115

For more details, please review the application checklists below.

Application Checklists

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)

ITEM

DESCRIPTION SUBMIT TO
Online Application

Applicants are accepted into the TVI program once a year, in the summer only. Application deadline is March 1.

Office of Graduate Admissions only.

Specify that you are applying to the MEd in Vision Studies, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) track.

Transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Two Letters of Recommendation

Use the forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Emphasis should be on academic and professional references.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Test Scores: MTEL: Communication and Literacy; Foundations of Reading; General Curriculum 

You will be required to pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy exam for admission. This is one of three tests that are eventually required for TVI licensure. The other two must be completed as soon as possible after admission into the program.

Office of Graduate Admissions only

Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample)

Submit a two-part essay:

1. Explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies (approximately 300 words).

2. Indicate your specific interest in TVI, and discuss the type of work you would like to do in this field (at least 1,200 words).

This statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Personal Interview with Faculty Member

When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).

We will contact qualified candidates.
International Applicants Only: TOEFL Scores International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Office of Graduate Admissions only

For more information about our TVI program, contact Tammy Reisman (617.287.7668).

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

ITEM

DESCRIPTION SUBMIT TO
Online Application

Applicants are accepted into the O&M program once a year for the summer semester. Deadline is March 1.

Office of Graduate Admissions only.

Specify that you are applying to the MEd in Vision Studies, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) track.

Transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Two Letters of Recommendation

Use the forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Emphasis should be on academic and professional references.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Test Scores: GRE, MAT, or MTEL

Complete all testing required by the university. If you do not have a master's degree, you will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Office of Graduate Admissions only. Please email the Vision Studies program with questions regarding eligibility to waive scores.

Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample)

Submit a two-part essay:

1. Explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies (approximately 300 words).

2. Indicate your specific interest in Orientation and Mobility, and discuss the type of work you would like to do in this field (at least 1,200 words).

This statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Personal Interview with Faculty Member

When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).

We will contact qualified candidates.
International Applicants Only: TOEFL Scores  International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Office of Graduate Admissions only

For more information about our O&M program, please contact Darick Wright (617.287.7645) or Paula Kosior (617.287.7584).

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

ITEM

DESCRIPTION SUBMIT TO
Online Application

Applicants are accepted into the VRT program once a year, for the fall semester only. Application deadline is June 1.

Office of Graduate Admissions only.

Specify that you are applying to the MEd in Vision Studies, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) track.
Transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Two Letters of Recommendation

Use the forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Emphasis should be on academic and professional references.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Test Scores: GRE, MAT, or MTEL

If you do not have a master's degree, you will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Office of Graduate Admissions only. Please email the Vision Studies program with questions regarding eligibility to waive scores.

Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample)

Submit a two-part essay:

1. Explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies (approximately 300 words).

2. Indicate your specific interest in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, and discuss the type of work you would like to do in this field (at least 1,200 words).

This statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Personal Interview with Faculty Member

When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).

Office of Graduate Admissions only
International Applicants Only: TOEFL Test Scores International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Office of Graduate Admissions only

For more information about our VRT program, contact Dr. Laura Bozeman (617.287.4385) or Daniel Norris (802.272.1276).

Assistive Technology (AT)

ITEM

DESCRIPTION SUBMIT TO
Online Application

Applicants are accepted into the AT program once a year, for the fall semester only. Application deadline is June 1.

Office of Graduate Admissions only.

Specify that you are applying to the MEd in Vision Studies, Assistive Technology (AT) track.
Transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Two Letters of Recommendation

Use the forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Emphasis should be on academic and professional references.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Test Scores: GRE, MAT, or MTEL

If you do not have a master's degree, you will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Office of Graduate Admissions only. Please email the Vision Studies program with questions regarding eligibility to waive scores.

Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample)

Submit a two-part essay:

1. Explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies (approximately 300 words).

2. Indicate your specific interest in Assistive Technology, and discuss the type of work you would like to do in this field (at least 1,200 words).

This statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax.

Office of Graduate Admissions only
Personal Interview with Faculty Member

When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).

Office of Graduate Admissions only
International Applicants Only: TOEFL Test Scores International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Office of Graduate Admissions only

For more information about our AT program, contact Dr. Laura Bozeman (617.287.4385) or Dr. Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky.

School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
in the College of Education and Human Development
617.287.3070
sgisd@umb.edu