Teaching students who are deaf, hard of hearing,
blind, or visually impaired - a rewarding profession

APSEA employs teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired and teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and offers financial assisstance to teachers pursuing certification. Each area of sensory loss requires different disability-specific skills instruction but service and program delivery is similar. Itinerant teachers travel to instruct students and consult with the students' classroom teachers, principals, parents, etc. Teachers work with children from birth through high school including preschoolers in the home or daycare setting.



Why be a teacher of students with a sensory loss?

  • job diversity

  • ongoing professional development and growth

  • specialized, multifaceted area of instruction

  • job satisfaction (making a positive difference in the lives of students and families)

  • professional autonomy

  • participation on a multidisciplinary team

  • excellent employment opportunities throughout North America


Teacher Certification


A MEd in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired or students who are deaf or hard of hearing can be completed at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Course work is completed through part-time study including:

  • 2 three-week, on site, summer sessions during consecutive summers

  • online courses during the fall, winter and spring terms

  • a supervised practicum

For teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, course work includes language development, sign language, communication and educational strategies.  For teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired, course work includes braille literacy, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, and independent living skills.  Both programs address adjustment to disability, educational modification and disability-specific instructional strategies, and social inclusion.


For more information contact:

Faith Roach

E-mail: Click here to email.
Mount Saint Vincent University
Tel: (902) 457-6341



APSEA is a cooperative agency between the Provincial Departments of Education of
 New Brunswick,   Nova Scotia,   Newfoundland &  Prince Edward Island 
Located at 5940 South Street Halifax, NS, B3H 1S6