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.

Assistant Professor; TAG Program Coordinator; MAT Program MS/HS Strand Coordinator (Forest Grove)
Associate Professor of Education
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
SPED-505 Exceptionalities 2
EDUC-633 Literacy and English-Language Learners 2
EDUC-638 or
Developing Literacy in the Content Areas
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum



EDUC-508 or
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-743 Neurorehabilitative Optometry 2
OPT-956 Independent Study 2
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
  Total credits 30

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.