Visual Function in Learning | MEd
The Master of Education/Vision Function in Learning (MEd/VFL) program is designed for optometrists and optometry students who wish to extend their knowledge of vision problems as they relate to children's reading and learning processes.
Administered cooperatively by Pacific University's College of Education and College of Optometry on the Forest Grove Campus, the 30-semester-hour program provides expertise in understanding the cognitive, linguistic and visual challenges of learning to read.
Candidates must hold or be working toward the professional terminal degree in optometry. Candidates within the College of Optometry must have completed the Fall semester of the first year of study, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and be in good academic standing. Candidates may enroll in a maximum of eight hours of education coursework before admission to the program.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduate students will have developed a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of:
- the role that visual factors play in learning disability diagnosis and remediation;
- fundamental theories of cognition, learning, and language development;
- the major diagnostic theories in reading and related prescriptive techniques;
- decision-making systems, service delivery models, and program management within education organizations; and
- the varied constituencies that the public schools must satisfy to develop skills in research, diagnosis, therapy and case management within a multi-disciplinary setting.
Final requirements for graduation include completion of a written manuscript and an oral presentation of the thesis project.
|Section||Area I: Education||Credit Hrs|
|Required Education Courses (10 semester credits)|
|EDUC-565||Seminar: Educational and Optometric Connections||1|
|EDUC-631||Reading Assessments and Techniques||3|
|EDUC-632||Perspectives on Reading||2|
|EDUC-635||Language and Literacy Development||2|
|RDNG-640||MEd/VFL Field Practicum and Seminar||1|
|RDNG-641||MEd/VFL Case Study Practicum and Seminar||1|
|Education Electives (7 semester credits)|
|EDUC-570||School and Society||2|
|EDUC-633||Literacy and English-Language Learners||2|
Developing Literacy in the Content Areas
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
Reading and Language Arts in ECE/Elem
Reading and Language Arts in Elem/MS
|EDUC-572||Service-Learning Field Experience||1|
|ESOL-544||Educational Linguistics ESOL Teachers||2|
|Area II: Optometry|
|Required Optometry Courses (4 semester credits)|
|OPT-744||Visual Problems That Relate to Learning Difficulties With Lab||3|
|OPT-765||Seminar in Multidisciplinary Service||1|
|Optometry Electives (2 semester credits)|
|OPT-992||Research and Data Analysis Methods II||2|
|Area III: Foundations of Research|
|OPT-560||Evidence Based Optometry||1|
|EDUC-670||Introduction to Professional Inquiry||1|
|EDUC-671||The Scholarship of Teaching||1|
|Area IV: Education Research Project|
|EDUC-674||Planning the Inquiry Project||2|
|EDUC-675||Completing the Inquiry Project||2-4|
Candidates complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate courses in individual planned programs, which must include 23 semester hours within the College of Education and seven semester hours within the College of Optometry.
In addition to fulfilling the requirements stated above, the candidate is encouraged to take course offerings in other areas to strengthen and to provide further exploration into a particular area of interest. The MEd/VFL Coordinator must approve electives. A planned program of courses must be filed with the College of Education.