The coursework for the Orientation and Mobility Certification Preparation Program at Texas Tech University can be pursued independently or as an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. The courses offered meet the required curriculum for The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education (ACVREP) Orientation and Mobility Specialist Certification.
This program provides sequential instruction to inpiduals with visual impairment in the use of their remaining senses to determine their position within the environment and in techniques for safe movement from one place to another. The skills involved in this instruction include, but are not limited to, Concept Development, which includes body image, spatial, temporal, positional, directional and environmental concepts; Motor Development, including motor skills needed for balance, posture, and gait, as well as the use of adaptive devices and techniques to assist those with multiple disabilities; and Concept Development, which includes body image, spatial, temporal, positional, directional and environmental concepts.
The program consists of 27 credit hours. Most coursework is completed online; however, two required courses are only offered on-campus in Lubbock, Texas, during the summer months. Additionally, two courses require one weekend each of on-campus instruction. A prerequisite of a bachelor's degree is required. Students are not required to enroll in a designated number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by inpidual.
- Applicant Statement
- Two professional recommendations
- A bachelor’s degree
School Accreditation Statement
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges