Once your application is
received by the staff at SFASU's VIP Program, an application folder
will be completed with your name on it. During the two weeks following
the deadline, your application will be disseminated to our Admissions
Committee. The materials in your folder will be reviewed by several
faculty members, not all of whom will always be from the VI Department.
will ONLY consider those applications which are COMPLETE. This means
they MUST have:
(1) a copy of your Graduate School application;
(2) a completed VIP Program application;
a recommendation from the person who is currently your immediate supervisor;
a copy of your application essay
(5) official transcripts showing degree
We will ask members of the
Admissions Committee to evaluate the following factors on a scale of
from 1 to 5 (low to high) on the following factors:
and quality of experience working with children. The maximum number
of points will be given for extensive work experience with children
in public school settings. Minimal numbers of points may be added
for work with children in volunteer (eg. church, Girl Scouts, etc.)
and quality of experience in working with children who have special
needs. Again, the maximum number of points will be given for extensive
work experience with students who have special needs in public school
of work history. Committee members will be asked to give a high score
to applicants who have a relatively stable work history (i.e. they
have stayed in positions for more than one year and can show a consistent
work history without significant gaps).
In addition, Committee members
will be asked to evaluate the recommendation provided by your immediate
supervisor. Recommendations will be rated on a
scale of 1 to 10. The more enthusiastic, positive, and complimentary
the recommendation is, the more points you can expect to receive. Other
factors which may be involved in assessing this criteria are (1) how
long you have worked for this person, and (2) the position that the
person holds (eg. a Special Education Director as opposed to a Diagnostician.
Application essays are worth
a maximum of 15 points, and will be rated
on the following factors:
to which the applicant demonstrates an understanding of realistic
expectations for students with visual impairments.
for pursuing the program.
to write clearly and concisely.
possible to obtain a total of 40 points in the evaluation of your application
materials. If you can provide us with a letter
which states that you have a guarenteed job as a VI Teacher for the
Fall, you will be given an additional 10 points.
Because of our funding
constraints, there are a limited number of slots available for
students in our program. SLOTS ARE ALLOCATED ON A COMPETITIVE
BASIS, and not everyone who applies will be accepted into the
program. A letter from the Graduate School at SFASU stating
that the applicant has been accepted into the Graduate School
does NOT constitute acceptance into the VIP Program. Applicants
who are accepted will be notified in a letter from VIP Program Staff.