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Visually Impaired

Area of Study:


Semester of Entry:

   FALL 2019

Application Deadline:

   Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Level of Study:


Program of Study:

   A New York State approved Visually Impaired program






   CUNY Hunter College    Ellen Trief, Ed.D.    (212) 772-4410    etrief@hunter.cuny.edu

Eligibility Requirements

  • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree.
  • Cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 or better.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency status.
  • If you have applied to a graduate school and your acceptance is pending, please submit a written statement to that effect. If you have been accepted as a matriculated graduate student into an approved participating visually Impaired program, proof of unconditional acceptance is required.
  • Proficiency in English and a language other than English. Languages other than English as determined by the NYC Department of Education.
  • Two (2) letters of reference.
  • Eligible applicants will be required to complete a written assessment at the interview site.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • There will be an in-person interview as well as a written assessment.  Skype, FaceTime or telephone interviews are not permissible.  Selections are made at the conclusion of all interviews whic is usually mid-July. 


The NYC Department of Education will reimburse the college 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.

Testing Requirements

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

  • In order to meet New York State teaching certification requirements, participants are required to take and pass the Educating All Students Tests (EAST) during the first year of the scholarship program.
  • Participants are also required to take and pass the Visually Impaired Content Specialty Test (CST-VI) during the second semester of the scholarship.
  • Additionally, participants are required to complete the Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio (edTPA) in Special Education.  This normally occurs during the participants last year in the graduate program as part of their Student Teaching/Internship experience.

Contractual Agreement

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 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.).
  • Scholarship recipients must complete a minimum of 18 credits per year with a grade of B or better in each course.
  • Participants 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. Example: The scholarship is awarded for one and a half years, the participant will owe four (4) years of service.

Implementation of the Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of resources and the staffing needs of the NYC Department of Education.

If you require further information, please call the Scholarship Incentives and Speech Programs at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application.

To apply https://nyc.teacherssupportnetwork.com/Start.do?CareerPath=INC.