Apply to the ELP

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Application to the Educational Leadership Program (ELP) is a competitive process. Perkins School for the Blind accepts teachers, direct-service providers, program administrators, university instructors and professionals who are committed to expanding their knowledge and sharing it with their home organization.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Work as a specialist or team leader at an agency that provides direct services to children with blindness and additional disabilities or deafblindness
  • Have at least two years of experience in the field
  • Are involved in training teachers in the area of multiple disabilities, blindness and/or deafblindness
  • Have adequate knowledge of the English language (speaking, reading and writing)
  • Have the support of their organization to study at Perkins

Perkins welcomes qualified applicants without bias toward race, religion, gender or disability. Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

To request an application, fill out an interest form »


Program Details

ELP participants may choose a six- or nine-month program, both of which incorporate academic lectures and written projects, classroom observation and hands-on experiences with Perkins School for the Blind staff and students, both in residences and the classroom. A practicum is planned according to each participant’s individual interests and needs. Practicum areas include preschool and early intervention, deafblindness, multiple disabilities and elementary or secondary education.

Participants in the nine-month program spend three months in full-time practice teaching on campus. Participants also travel off-campus to observe public and private school programs, attend workshops and conferences, and audit graduate courses at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.


Core Courses

The ELP is structured to provide for a variety of professional needs and interests for participants from different cultures and areas of expertise. All training courses feature a combination of academic coursework and practical assignments and experiences working with the student population at Perkins School for the Blind.

The following core courses will be covered:

  • Foundations of the Education of Students who are Visual impaired, Multiplly Disabled and Deafblind (VIMD/Db)
  • Developing Meaningful Communication for Learners who are VIMD/Db
  • Assessment of Learners who are VIMD/Db
  • Curriculum for Learners who are VIMD/Db
  • Expanded Core Curriculum and Support Services for Learners who are VIMD/Db
  • Brain Development and Implications for Learning and Behavior
  • Physical and Sensory Considerations
  • Visual Functioning and Low Vision
  • Working with Families
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Beginning Level American Sign Language
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Action Planning Seminar