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Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment Certificate

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Bolster your understanding of brain-based visual impairment.

UMass Boston's certificate in cortical/cerebral visual impairment, or CVI, offers in-depth knowledge about brain-based visual impairment. Students learn about brain-based visual impairments and their impact on human functioning. As a large part of the vision professional’s caseload, this specialization in CVI is critical to support assessment and instructional strategies for students and adults with visual impairment.

Curriculum & Outcomes

Candidates progress through a sequence of coursework and field-based experiences to acquire in-depth knowledge about brain-based visual impairment, with the goal of better supporting students and adults with visual impairment.

Our graduates work in a variety of vocational, avocational, educational, and independent living settings to support people with visual impairment.

Application & Contacts

Applications are due July 1 to start in the fall. They require 2-3 letters of recommendation and MTEL/GRE/GMAT scores.

For more information about our CVI certificate program, email Professor Laura Bozeman or Professor Tammy Reisman.

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements.
Test Scores: MTEL/GRE/GMAT
Letters of Recommendation: 2-3

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: July 1 for fall, November 1 for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Required Courses (15 Credits)

  • VISN 648 - Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 651 - Vision and the Brain: Neurolog 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 652 - Assessment for Students with Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 653 - Promising Practices for Teaching Students with CVI 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 654 - Consultation and Collaboration Strategies 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete 15 credits from five required courses.

Statute of limitations: Three years


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Graduate Program Director Laura Bozeman
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(617) 287-4385

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