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Blind and Visually Impaired


Area of Study:              BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Semester of Entry:       FALL 2021

Application Period:      JANUARY 4 - APRIL 30, 2021

Level of Study:            MASTER'S DEGREE

Program of Study:       A NEW YORK STATE-APPROVED BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROGRAM

 


COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CONTACT PERSON TELEPHONE NO. EMAIL ADDRESS
CUNY Hunter College L. Beth Brady, Ph.D. (212) 772-4229 lbrady@hunter.cuny.edu

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
  • Proof of a Bachelor's Degree conferred by June 30th of the current application year.
  • Proof of undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0
  • Copies of all New York State or other state teaching certificates, including any Bilingual extensions to the State certificate the candidate may hold
  • Proof of U.S citizenship or permanent resident status (e.g., Birth Certificate, Passport, Alien Registration Card)
  • A completed College Acceptance Form from a participating college/university stating applicant has been accepted unconditionally as a fully matriculated graduate student.
  • Two (2) letters of reference
  • Payment of a non-refundable application fee of $75.00 in the form of a money order made payable to the New York City Department of Education. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Required documents must be submitted within ten (10) business days from the date of application filing.

Mail required documents to:

New York City Department of Education
HC School Support
Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs
65 Court Street, Room 508
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201                                                                                                                    

Attn: Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

 

SERVICE AGREEMENT and COMMITMENT:

Scholarship Program entrants must sign a contract with the NYC Department of Education. In accepting the award, they accept the provisions of the contract, which include, but are not limited to, the following terms and conditions:

  • Awardees must meet the standards of the college they attend and remain in good standing in their program.
  • Awardees must complete a minimum of 18 credits per year with a grade of B or better in each course.
  • Awardees shall serve as New York State certified Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired two (2) years for every year the Scholarship is awarded or any part thereof. (i.e., the scholarship is awarded for one and a half years; the participant will owe four (4) years of service).
  • An awardee who has failed to commence their service obligation will be required to repay the total year plus nine (9%) interest within two (2) years of the last award semester. A pro-rated repayment schedule shall be established for any awardee that completes only a portion of their service obligation within the specified period.
TESTING REQUIREMENTS:

The following testing requirements are for candidates to obtain New York State certification:

  • To meet New York State teaching certification requirements, participants are required to take and pass the Educating All Students Tests (EAS) during the first year of the scholarship program. 
  • Participants are also required to take and pass the Visually Impaired Content Specialty Test (VI-CST) during the second semester of the scholarship.
  • Additionally, participants are required to complete the Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio (edTPA) in Special Education.  Assessment completion normally occurs during the participant’s last year in the graduate program as part of their Student Teaching/Internship experience.
RESTRICTIONS:
  • Current pedagogical or clinical employees of the NYC Department of Education are not eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program.
  • Applicants who have already achieved NYS or reciprocal state certification are not eligible to apply.
  • If you have completed a master's degree program in education, you are not eligible to apply to the scholarship program.
  • Awardees must not have benefited from or participated in any other incentive programs administered by the Department of Education (i.e., Loan Forgiveness Program, Teachers of Tomorrow, Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE), New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, I-Start, New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, Success Via Apprenticeship, Math for America, etc.).
AWARD:
  • The NYC Department of Education will reimburse the college or university the cost of tuition through completion of the Master's Degree.
  • Prerequisite and undergraduate coursework, other fees and expenses are NOT covered and are the responsibility of the student.      


Implementation of the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of funding and the staffing needs of the New York City Department of Education.

 

APPLY HERE

 

If you require further information, please email JosePScholarship@schools.nyc.gov or call the Office of Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs at (718) 935-2449.