The supervised student teacher will work with learners who are blind or visually impaired in individual sessions or classroom sessions. The student teacher will attend weekly department meetings and weekly supervision sessions with the director of vision services or with their supervising TVI. The student teacher will focus on planning lessons, facilitating classroom sessions, and preparing, modifying and adapting materials. The student teacher will assist in assessing students’ functional vision and compensatory skills, writing functional vision assessment reports, selecting appropriate learning media, developing IEPs, and forming partnerships with families when appropriate.
During the semester, students are expected to complete all course requirements as deemed by their college program, which may include writing lesson plans, conducting FVAs & LMAs, and shadowing their cooperating teacher in all aspects of the TVI role and managing a caseload of students.
The Student Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) provides optimal vision services to students on his/her caseload, assisting in fulfilling each student’s particular mandate.
Education and Experience:
- Currently enrolled in TVI Masters’ degree program
- On path to receive New York State Education Department License: Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Must be well organized with superior attention to detail and able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
- Able to work with a great degree of independence and focus.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: While performing duties on this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk, or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Work Environment: While performing duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise in the work environment is usually minimal.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam or disabled veteran. YAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.