The Graduate Certificate in Orientation & Mobility from UMass Boston trains professionals to assist visually impaired individuals. Teachers, therapists, and other workers take this online rehabilitative therapies program to help those with visual impairments to lead safe, productive, and independent lives.
Through the curriculum, you learn how to evaluate the needs of adults and children. You will also be prepared to teach them to use visual aids such as the long cane or guide dogs. Some topics presented in the online rehabilitative therapies certificate program include:
- Physical / functional aspects of visual impairments
- Visual functioning
- Implications of low vision
- Orientation and mobility assessment
Students explore cutting-edge technologies and learn practical hands-on techniques through fieldwork. Graduates can apply these skills to assist others in various settings— from schools to state or federal agencies.
Students gain eligibility to take the national professional exams offered by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals. Graduates can also apply their credits towards a Vision Studies MEd with a concentration in Orientation & Mobility.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
University of Massachusetts-Boston is accredited by:
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsGRE, MAT, Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent