Nikita Katoozi OD '18, MEd/VFL '18 won a student writing competition that will earn her publication in an international journal. Her research examined ways for teachers to identify children with vision needs.
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.
Final requirements for graduation include completion of a written manuscript and an oral presentation of the thesis project.
Jessica Flack OD '18 partnered with Head Start to use technology to enhance vision screenings for young children. One in three vision problems would have gone unidentified without the tool, she found as part of her thesis for the Master of Education/Visual Function in Learning program.
Paula Kutzner OD '18 developed a school-based vision therapy program as part of her thesis for the Master of Education/Visual Function in Learning program. The innovative service was so successful that it will continue even though she's graduated.