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Orientation and Mobility Certification Preparation Program

The coursework for the Orientation and Mobility Certification Preparation Program can be pursued independently or as an area of emphasis with the Masters 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.

Program Overview

  • 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.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a designated number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.
  • Learn more
Related Degrees:
Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Orientation and Mobility

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Nora Griffin-Shirley
  • Phone: 806.742.1997, ext 247

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment. Learn more.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • Apply as a (GCRT) student if you plan to pursue only the Orientation and Mobility Certification Preparation Program.
    • Apply as a master's student if you plan to pursue the Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Orientation and Mobility.
    • Be sure to select the degree program listing that correctly corresponds with the location from which you plan to pursue the program.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Orientation and Mobility Certification Preparation program and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Students who plan to pursue a Master of Education in Special Education with any area of emphasis, including Orientation and Mobility, must submit Graduate Records Exam scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
    • The admissions process is viewed holistically by the College of Education and the Graduate School, so there are no stated minimum GRE or GPA requirements. Learn more.
  3. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.
    • Apply to the Orientation and Mobility Certification Preparation program.
    • Apply to the Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Orientation and Mobility.
  4. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  5. Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, 806.742.1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.
    • The Graduate School and the College of Education will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's  Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12  credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master’s program. Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock.

Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses (27 credit hours)
EDSP 5380 Programs and Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments
EDSP 5383 Anatomy and Functions of the Visual System†
EDSP 5384 Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills†
EDSP 5386 Intermediate Orientation and Mobility Training for Individuals Who are Blind/Visually Impaired*
EDSP 5387 Advanced Orientation and Mobility Training for Individuals Who are Blind/Visually Impaired*
EDSP 5389 Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments or Deafblindness
EDSP 5391 Intermediate O&M Seminar
EDSP 5392 Advanced O&M Seminar
EDSP 5093 Internship in Special Education

†Courses require one weekend, on-campus instructional session.

*Offered face-to-face only.

For a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Orientation and Mobility, 12 additional credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive evaluation or thesis will be required.