Texas Tech University

Special Education - Orientation and Mobility

The Trademark Outcome (TO) that distinguishes our program graduates for the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Program is: The candidate in the Orientation and Mobility Program will, upon completion, be able to conduct an assistive technology evaluation with and provide instruction to a student with a visual impairment using collaborative consultation.

Program Description

The Orientation and Mobility Program is a 27-credit hour, distance hybrid program. Students in the Orientation and Mobility Program can obtain an Orientation and Mobility National Certification only or can also get a Master's Degree in Special Education with a specialization in Orientation and Mobility. A Bachelor's Degree in any area is required. The purpose is to prepare certified orientation and mobility specialists to provide orientation and mobility services to individuals with blindness or low vision.


The Orientation and Mobility Program uses standards from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) and from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER).

Programs Offered

M.Ed. in Special Education with a specialization in Orientation & Mobility and/or a stand-alone Orientation & Mobility Certification.

The Orientation and Mobility program is a hybrid program. Most classes are offered online. Two required courses are only offered as face-to-face courses in Lubbock during the summer, and two of the online courses have a required weekend component. The internship course may require students to travel away from their homes.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

Orientation and mobility specialists can be employed in public schools, rehabilitation agencies serving people with blindness or low vision, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as private contractors.

Application Materials

All programs require that you submit an online application through the Graduate School.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Semester in which the program can be started

Spring, Fall, or Summer I or II

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 credit hours for Master's; 27 hours for O&M certification only

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 credit hours towards Master's, at advisor's discretion.

Financial Aid

TTU Graduate School and COE scholarships, research assistantships, student loans. Loans not available for certification-only students.

Program-Specific Scholarships Offered

The Reach Across Texas Program offers competitive scholarships for tuition assistance for Texas residents in the Orientation and Mobility Program for the orientation and mobility certification courses.

Applicants who want to be considered should complete this application. The application for a competitive stipend award needs to be printed out and faxed to 806-742-2326 or mailed to the Sowell Center. Deadline for consideration for a scholarship award for fall is June 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is May 1.


Deadlines exist for completion and submittal of scholarship applications.

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.


O&M Program Coordinator:
Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley

Dr. L.J. Gould