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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.
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Related Degrees:
Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Orientation and Mobility

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 Apply Texas application.
    • When you are asked to select your major, choose "Education - Teaching Certificate in College of Education" even if you already have your teacher's certification. Note: If you are wanting to pursue your master’s degree along with the certification preparation coursework, you will select "Master’s in Special Education" as your major.
    • On question 4 ("Enter any specific area of interest or specialty within your proposed major"), please select "Orientation & Mobility (Hybrid)" from the drop-down menu.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • Applicants must have unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
    • All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. A list of acceptable exams can be found on the Graduate School International Prospective Student webpage. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country, are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.
  3. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
  4. If you plan to pursue a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Orientation & Mobility, apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education. Applicants who are interested only in the Orientation & Mobility Certification Preparation program do not need to complete a College of Education application.
  5. 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.

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.

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


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