Posted by cookieboy on 4/18/2011 at 9:57 PM
what are the requirement to becoming a braille teacher?
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Re:braille teacherPosted by sballan on 4/18/2011 at 10:31 PM
This is an excellent question and I think many will have interest in this thread.
I am in Canada and not the USA, so my answer will vary from others and perhaps it will even differ from state to state.
To be a Braille teacher in Ontario in the public school system, the separate school system or at the provincial school for the blind a teacher needs to have his or her teaching degree. This means an undergraduate degree such as a B.A. or B.Sc. or some other Bachelor degree followed by a Bachelor of Education. To complete the certification to teach Braille, a teacher would complete an additional teaching qualification called teacher of the visually impaired. There are three parts to this additional qualification. The minimum requirement is the additional qualification part 1 and the Braille component is Braille both contracted and non-contracted with nemeth also recommended.Depending on the focus of your desired teaching computer Braille competency could also be an instructional focus.
If you were going to teach Braille in a different setting than connected with classroom teaching such as in a rehabilitation setting you might be able to complete some Braille testing to determine if you have the knowledge and skills to teach Braille.This might allow you to teach Braille without having teacher certification. It also depends on the group you are interested in teaching Braillle to, such as children, adults, seniors, or the newly blind, for example.
Ask at a school you would be interested in pursuing Braille studies instruction and/ or speak with a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Are you currently a student? Are you a daily Braille user?
Thank-you for posting on career connect.
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Re:braille teacherPosted by Joe S on 4/19/2011 at 9:27 AM
This is not an easy answer.
If you want to teach children, you would become a teacher of the visually impaired. This requires a college education specific to teaching children with visual impairments. This is more than teaching braille. Unless you are at a school for the blind, you may only have 3 braille students a year in a caseload. Some itinerant teachers may go a year without any.
Schools for the Blind would ahve people who just teach braill for children.
(Each state would have different requirements and specific teaching exams for certification, some include much tougher braille testing to be certified).
For Adults: This can vary by state -- there are not real set requirements, but I think states are starting to have them. Teaching an adult braille is different then teaching a child. Often braille teachers are Vision Rehabilitation Teachers or Therapists (VRT). There is a certification by ACVREP (a certifying body) for this field, But, often VRTs do not have this certification. There are a few college programs that teach how to be a VRT. There are even online programs for this field.
A lot of VRTs do not have training though, but often get training as they work through programs and such. Because you know braille, does not mean your are a good teacher (so there is no easy answer). A lot of community rehabilitation providers hire persons to teach adults braille.
So, there are a lot of options for this field. Having a degree will offer more options and typically a higher salary. If you wanted to teach braille for Veteran's Administration, you would need a college education and certification. The VA will often pay more than other organizations.
All of these are great fields!
This is a lot to think about.
Re:braille teacherPosted by cookieboy on 4/19/2011 at 12:38 PM
What kinds of braille test is in the United States?
Re:braille teacherPosted by Joe S on 4/19/2011 at 1:26 PM
Well, the test is only if you want to teach children and is part of the Teacher Certification Exam for Vision -- to be a teacher of the visually impaired. And, this all depends on the state that you are taking the certification exam in. Some have very few braille questions. More and more are tightening their questions and including more braille. New York State has a section like this. So, they would ask you to do specific translations into braille, including Nemeth (math).
I can not answer you question easily, each state is different. There is no national standard for this.
Re:braille teacherPosted by sballan on 4/20/2011 at 12:13 AM
As Joe has indicated, there is a lot to think about and explore.
If you have no experience teaching another person Braille, think about what you have had experience teaching someone -- how to play a game, find directions, accomplish a task on the computer, make something, etc. How do you feel in a teaching role? do you see yourself as effective at explaining ideas and communicating clearly? How do you deal with a situation when someone does not understand and needs you to explain something using a different strategy than the one you already tried?
As with subject content, a person who excels in the area at being able to do it, may not necessarily want to teach it or feel that he or she is effective at making it clear how someone else should do something.
There are so many things to think about in teaching Braille. If you are a long time user, hand posture will already be automatic, tracking wwill also have an ease to it and all the dot combinations will feel natural to your finger tips. This will all need to be learned by a Braille learner.
Try to begin to envision yourself in the role and see how that resonates for you.
You may also want to explore, if you have time, volunteering with a group of people in your community, who are in the age range you are hoping to possibly teach. Gaining experience helping them with other kinds of learning may help you clarify your own interests and will also build up some related experience for future references.
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Re:braille teacherPosted by cookieboy on 4/20/2011 at 1:05 PM
I volunteer at agency for the blind in Manhattan, New York?
Re:braille teacherPosted by sballan on 4/20/2011 at 7:24 PM
It is great you are able to do some volunteer work. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to discuss your career interests with both people who work at the agency and also people who come in to use their services.
You might get some ideas about the kinds of Braille teaching opportunities in the community.
Perhaps you might even discuss specifics of people's personal experience of learning Braille as you continue to explore your career interests.
Thank-you for posting.
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