[NFBWATlk] FW: [Rehab] Exciting Opportunity: Graduate Programs at Louisiana Tech University

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Wed Feb 24 22:36:50 UTC 2021

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Subject: [Rehab] Exciting Opportunity: Graduate Programs at Louisiana Tech University

New Opportunities for Careers in Rehabilitation of the Blind

Scholarships are now available!


*** Please note: Louisiana Tech University is waiving the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) requirement for these programs during this calendar year. ***


Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness

Louisiana Tech University


Structured Discovery Cane Travel (SDCT) and Structured Discovery Rehabilitation have been demonstrated to be among the most innovative and effective forms of rehabilitation training for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Louisiana Tech University has operated its Orientation and Mobility program on this model successfully for 21 years, with upwards of 95% successful employment and employer satisfaction rates. 


Scholarships are now available for qualified individuals seeking one of the following degree paths:

*	Master of Arts in Counseling/Guidance with Concentration in
Orientation and Mobility. 
*	Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with Concentration in
Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind


Why me?

*	The field of educating and rehabilitating children and adults who
are blind is deeply rewarding and life-changing. 
*	The job market is wide open; currently, we receive four times the
number of employer requests than we have graduates to provide. 
*	Training occurs on campus in Ruston, Louisiana, and can be completed
in as little as one year. 
*	No prior background or experience in blindness is necessary-we'll
teach you everything you need to know. 
*	Scholarships are provided on a competitive basis to qualified
persons and can cover costs for attending the university.
*	Scholarships also support travel to conferences, trainings, and
field-based experiences at Structured Discovery training programs.  


Who can Apply?

Individuals must already possess a Bachelor's (B.A.) degree from an accredited university, have a grade point average of 2.5 and obtain a minimum of 287 (Verbal and Quantitative) on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)*. Individuals must also be willing to attend courses on campus in Ruston, Louisiana on a full-time basis.  

*Note: During the 2021 academic year, the GRE is being waived for otherwise eligible applicants. 


What's the Catch?

*	Payback through service is required. Agreement to receive
scholarship funding requires commitment for you to work in the field of rehabilitation for two years for each year of scholarship support you obtain. 
*	Scholarships cover at least tuition and fees but may cover living
and travel costs as well. 
*	You have to move to Ruston, work hard, study harder, and have the
heart to be an O&M or Rehabilitation Teacher of blind persons. 


Where do I get started?

*	For program details, visit:  <http://www.pdrib.com> www.pdrib.com
*	Send an email for more information to:   <mailto:ebell at latech.edu>
ebell at latech.edu or  call Edward Bell to discuss your application:



Edward C. Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC, Director, 

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness

Louisiana Tech University

600 Mayfield Ave / 210 Woodard Hall

PO Box 3158

Ruston LA 71272

Office: 318.257.4554                      Fax: 318.257.2259 

 <mailto:ebell at latech.edu> ebell at latech.edu  www.pdrib.com


"I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of  Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal  talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."

-- Stephen Jay Gould



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