Finding a Program

Finding the right program is the first step in becoming a teacher of blind students. On this page, we have collected the names and contact information of colleges and universities in the United States that offer teacher preparation programs in the area of blindness education. You will notice that there are programs all over the country that you can apply to attend, so finding the right one for you may take a little looking around. Here are some questions that you may want to ask the program:


  • Do you offer any financial assistance?
  • Do you have any current students or graduates that I can speak to about their experience in your program?
  • How much experience will I receive working with blind children and their families?
  • Does your program assist with job placement upon graduation?

Attention Program Directors

We want to have the most accurate and up-to-date information on this page that prospective students can use to connect with your school. If your university program is not listed, or if there is incorrect information about your program, please e-mail Natalie Shaheen at so that she can make the appropriate changes.

Programs Listed by State


University of Alabama, Birmingham
Dr. Mary-Jean Sanspree
(205) 934-6723



University of Arizona
Dr. Jane Erin
(520) 621-0945



University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Dr. Jennifer Hune
(501) 569-3263



California State University, Los Angeles
Cheryl Kamie-Hannan
(323) 343-6297

San Francisco State University
Dr. Amanda Lueck
(415) 338-1080



University of Northern Colorado
Dr. Paula Conroy
(970) 351-1651 or (970) 351-2691



Florida State University
Dr. Sandra Lewis
(850) 644-8409



Illinois State University
Chris Clark
(309) 438-8957

Northern Illinois University
Dr. Gaylen Kapperman
(815) 753-8453 or (815) 753-8459



Ball State University/Indiana State University Collaborative Program
Sharon Bryan
(800) 622-3035



University of Northern Iowa
Susan Brennan
(319) 273-7841



University of Louisville
Dr. William Penrod
(502) 852-0557



Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Ruby Ryles
(318) 257-4554

University of Louisiana, New Orleans
Dr. Randall Scott
(504) 280-6609



Boston College
Susan Bruce
(617) 552-4239


University of Massachusetts, Boston
Laura Bozeman
(617) 287-4385



Eastern Michigan University
Alicia Li
(734) 487-7120

Western Michigan University
Donna Brostek Lee
(269) 387-5944



Minnesota Consortium
Clay Keller
(612) 638-1537



The University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Hollie Filce
(601) 266-6376



Missouri State University
Paul M. Ajuwon
(417) 836-5397



University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Tessa Wright
(402) 472-6636


New Jersey

The College of New Jersey
Dr. Amy Dell
(609) 771-2308


New Mexico

New Mexico State University
Dr. Jackie Wood
(575) 646-4121


New York

Dominican College
Dr. Rona Shaw
(845) 848-4081

Hunter College
Dr. Rosanne Silberman
(212) 772-4740


Dr. Ellen Trief
(212) 772-4110

Teachers College, Columbia University
Peg Cummins
(212) 678-3878 or 212-678-3880


North Carolina

North Carolina Central University
Beth Harris
(919) 530-5346 (NCCU) / 919-715-6342 (GMS)


North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Ms. Kari Chiasson
(701) 777-3236

Dr. Myrna Olson
(701) 777-3188



Ohio State University
Peter V. Paul, Ph.D
(614) 292-5392


Tia Jones
(614) 292-5392


The University of Toledo
Dr. Sakui Malakpa
(419) 530-2047



North Eastern State University
Dr. Lillian Young
(918) 456-5511



Portland State University
Jim Bickford
(503) 725-5495



Kutztown University
Dr. Debra Lynch
(610) 683-4290


Salus University
Dr. Brooke Smith
(215) 780-1502


University of Pittsburgh
Lynn Fox
(412) 648-7308


Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Carmen Pujols
(787) 764-0000


South Carolina

South Carolina State University
Dr. Gloria Hayes
(803) 536-7118

South Carolina State University, Upstate
Dr. Tina Herzberg
(864) 503-5572


South Dakota

Northern State University
Dr. Connie Geier
(605) 626-3169



Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Sheri Trent
(615) 898-2680


Peabody College –Vanderbilt University
Karen Blankenship
(615) 343-8749



Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Dixie Mercer
(936) 468-1142


Texas Tech University
Dr. Rosita Moore
(806) 742-2345



University of Utah in collaboration with Utah State University
Dr. Janice N. Day
(801) 585-3925



George Mason University
Holly M. Lawson
(703) 993-3670, ext. 40170


West Virginia

Marshall University
Patty Myers
(304) 746-8941


West Virginia University
Dr. Mary Ellen Zeppuhar
(304) 293 4692



Silver Lake College
Sister Mary Karen Oudeans
(920) 686-6157


Additional Programs

Hadley School for the Blind - Utah State University Partnership
Linda Alsop
(435) 797-5598