Teacher of the Sight Impaired

OFO No: 235203


What is a Teacher of the Sight Impaired?

A Teacher of the Sight Impaired teaches learners who are partially blind or completely blind. 

A Teacher of the Sight Impaired is responsible for the academic, social, emotional, physical and intellectual wholeness of all the learners in their class.

What does a Teacher of the Sight Impaired do?

  • tests and assesses learners to define their needs
  • designs or adapts curriculum to suit the needs of the sight impaired learners
  • uses special techniques and aids to teach these learners
  • enforces discipline
  • stimulates and develops students’ confidence interests, abilities, manual skills and coordination
  • liaises with other staff members and parents
  • uses various testing techniques to assess progress of learners

Are you . . . ?

  • patient and caring?
  • a person who loves children?
  • a person who loves teaching?
  • interested in working with people living with a disability?
  • organised?
  • reliable and punctual?
  • willing to keep up to date with modern teaching methods?

How do I become a Teacher of the Sight Impaired?

You will need a qualification.

There are 2 ways to qualify:

  • ONE:

Complete a Bachelor of Education: Special Needs Education degree at a university

  • TWO:

Complete a Bachelors degree followed by Postgraduate Diploma: Management of Childhood Disabilities.

Once you’ve graduated, you will be required to register with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) as an Educator.




Training Institutions:

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  • NOTE: Each institution has its own entry requirements. Check with your institution of choice that you match theirs.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Teacher of the Hearing Impaired  or Optometrist

Is becoming a Teacher of the Sight Impaired the right career choice for me?