Perkins International Academy

For 200 years, Perkins School for the Blind has been the global leader in the education of children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. Perkins International Academy courses are designed to give more children around the world access to Perkins-trained teachers. Participants earn certificates demonstrating their competency in the knowledge and skills required to deliver high-quality special education services.

For government ministries, these Perkins certificates can also be cobranded with your endorsement to help your country achieve measurable progress toward Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals – all while laying the groundwork for sustainable improvements to special education programs.

Perkins International Courses

Education of Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss: Foundations

We’ve consolidated 95 years of global teacher training expertise into our first-level Perkins International Academy course, Education of Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss – Foundations Level. Foundations establishes the first-ever international competency standard for teachers working with children with multiple disabilities. It can be adapted for in-person training, online learning, or combined for a hybrid training model, tailored to the local context.

Education of Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss: Advanced

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills learned by participants in the Foundations course. This course will give participants in-depth knowledge and skills in the implications of Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss such as:

  • Communication, connection and conversations

  • Assessment of learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss

  • Developing meaningful curriculum for learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss.

Education of Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss: Curriculum Development

Designed as a way for participants to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the Foundations and Advanced courses, the Curriculum Development program translates these skills into creating programs that reflect best practices in the education of learners with multiple disabilities and sensory loss. With dynamic lessons taught by established and respected professionals, this course will see educators develop and strengthen their skills in teaching, professionalism, assessment, and more.

Throughout the course, participants will reflect upon their own practices and create action steps to implement those that are most important to the success of their program. Curriculum Development is a framework for guiding teaching and learning. This course provides an opportunity for educators to consider the relationship between the teacher, the learner and the curriculum.

Study Visit Program

Since launching Perkins International Academy, our expert teachers have traveled the world to train special educators, qualifying them to work with children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities.

The Perkins Study Visit Program builds on those efforts by working in the opposite direction bringing educators, service providers, medical professionals, government leaders and parents from around the world to our campus for an unparalleled learning experience.

Through the Study Visit Program:

  • We open our world-class programs, conducted both on campus and throughout our surrounding communities, to offer hands-on learning and in-depth observational experiences.

  • We connect visiting stakeholders with a wide variety of Perkins leaders and teachers in relevant education departments for strategic discussion, learning and planning.

  • And because we use a customized approach attuned to regional challenges when developing each curriculum, we support the unique goals of every visiting group.

We invite you to join us, to come study on our historic campus, in the greater effort to ensure all children, including those with disabilities, are given access to a quality education. Contact us for more info »

Why make the journey?

Each year, we enroll about 200 students on campus in Watertown, Massachusetts; provide services and resources to hundreds of thousands of children, educators and families throughout the United States; and, through our international efforts, reach millions globally. As a result, we have an acute understanding of the intricacies of succeeding on the ground, as well as how to address systemic problems. By sharing our know-how where it was cultivated, we’re able to offer a completely unique and resource-intensive learning experience.

group picture of students and Perkins staff at certificate ceremony Study Visit Program Opens Perkins Campus to the World

It’s an unparalleled opportunity to access the world-renowned expertise at Perkins in a first-hand, real-time way.

Four people stand around a table in conversation. Perkins International Academy trains 30-plus teachers in Egypt

Collaborative partnership supports teachers driven to sharpen skills and improve education for all children in the African nation.

Lina Kurniati, a teacher from Indonesia, poses against a railing on the Perkins campus. Perkins International trains special educators in Indonesia to better reach students

Teachers in Southeast Asia gain new perspective on all that children with multiple disabilities are capable of.