The visual impairment/orientation and mobility programs use a cohort training model. Candidates typically are admitted one time each year. Applications are accepted from September through March, and students begin their training in the first summer session. A limited number of candidates may be approved for admission out of sequence on a case-by-case basis upon review by the program faculty members. In order to be admitted to the vision impairment program, a prospective student must complete the following steps:
Provide three letters of recommendation; one from a direct supervisor in applicant’s current position.
Submit a three to five page paper distinctly describing: the applicant’s philosophy of education, understanding of the role of the teacher of the visually impaired or certified orientation and mobility specialist, and reasons for pursuing the field of visual impairment as a degree and/or career change.
Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or better, or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of work completed
GRE is not required.
M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in orientation and mobility
Passage of the comprehensive examination
Passage of the national certification examination through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals
Program applicants are encouraged to consult with an advisor in the visual impairment/orientation and mobility program as early as possible in the application process. For information or assistance, please contact our visual impairment/orientation and mobility office at (936) 468-1145.