Federal Grant Summers-Only Program

Summer Certification Program under the Federal Project
Preparation of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments
through Parallel Models, with Community Mentor Support


Fourteen students will be accepted into a summer program that will qualify them for Arizona certification to teach students with visual impairments. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in education or a related area such as psychology, rehabilitation, child development, or sociology. Courses will take place in Tucson, Arizona, and applicants must be available for one to three weeks in June of each year to participate in classes.

Students accepted under this project will receive full costs of in-state tuition and expenses to cover most travel and lodging in Tucson for summer courses. Students who receive funding under this project will sign a commitment to work as a teacher of students with visual impairments for four years following completion of their certification.

Students will complete 32 credit hours, as specified on the advisement sheet. These include seven courses, three one-credit summer seminars, and eight credit hours of internship. Each student will also be assigned to an adult mentor who is blind or has low vision, who will provide experiences to increase the student's understanding of visual impairment.

Applying to the Program

To apply to this program, send paper copies of the following materials to Ms. Pam de Steiguer, College of Education/DPS, PO Box 210069, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 before February 15, 2013.

  • A letter describing your educational background, interest in the program, and other reasons why you should receive strong consideration for the program.
  • A copy of all your college transcripts (graduate and undergraduate). These do not need to be official copies.
  • Three letters of reference that describe your professional experiences and work habits. If possible, these should be on school or agency letterhead and should include an original signature from the recommender.

After we receive your completed packet, we will contact you to arrange a telephone interview. The factors listed below will be considered in selecting candidates for the program. If you have individual experiences related to any of these areas, please describe them in your letter of interest.

  • Academic achievement as reflected by grade point average on transcripts
  • Professional and personal experience related to diversity, including disability
  • Teaching experience in any field
  • Residence in a community where there is a significant need for teachers of students with visual impairment
  • Responses during the telephone interview that demonstrate an applied understanding of child learning and educational processes
  • Quality of past employment performance, as reflected in letters of recommendation

Please contact Dr. Jane Erin at jerin@email.arizona.edu if you would like additional information about this program.