Texas Tech University

Special Education - Orientation and Mobility

The Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Program's Trademark Outcomes that distinguish our program graduates is “Assistive Technology Evaluation using Collaborative Consultation.”  This means that by the time students complete their orientation and mobility program; they will have studied, practiced, and mastered ways to evaluate and address the assistive technology needs of individuals with blindness or low vision, and to do so using collaborative consultation skills.

Program Description

As part of the Special Education Program, the Orientation and Mobility Program prepares educators and specialists to empower persons with exceptionalities to become independent and fully integrated members of a diverse society. All programs in Special Education focus on teaching and clinical experiences, issues of justice and diversity, development and infusion of technology, and educator/specialist's proficiencies and knowledge. To accommodate the needs of working professionals, some of our graduate programs are offered through distance education.

Approved by the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Orientation and Mobility Program is a 27 credit hour, distance hybrid program. 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 has three phases.  The courses in the Orientation and Mobility program are divided into the following Phases:

  • Phase One: 5380, 5383, 5384, 5307 (only if degree seeking)
  • Phase Two: 5386/5387, 5389, 5391, 5392
  • Phase Three: 5093

Phase One courses teach students about collaborative consultation, while Phase Two courses  students learn about assistive technology evaluation.  Phase Three is Internship where students undertake a cycle of reflective lesson-planning and data collection for their student with blindness or low vision.

Standards

Program work within Special Education is developed and guided by a strong conceptual framework, the standards from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), guidelines from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), criteria from the State of Texas, and the sound professional judgment of an experienced and caring faculty.

Degrees Offered

M.Ed. in Special Education with a specialization in Orientation & Mobility and 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 during the summer and two of the online courses have a required weekend component.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

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

Application Materials

All programs require that you submit an online application through ApplyTexas.

College Transcripts – Send unofficial copies of all transcripts to the Texas Tech Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. The transcripts must be in PDF format and no larger than 2 MB. Multiple attachments per email will be accepted. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

* Official transcripts will be required during your first semester if you are admitted to your desired program.

* International applicants will need to submit additional materials. Please review the Graduate School website for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Applicant Statement, 2 Professional Recommendations. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

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 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 cert only students)

Program-Specific Scholarships Offered

Grant funding is usually available through federal and state funds on a competitive basis for a limited amount of students. Deadlines exist for completion and submittal of scholarship applications.

Deadlines

No hard deadline, however, deadlines exist for completion and submittal of scholarship applications.

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.

Contacts

Dr. L.J. Gould
specialeducationinquiries.educ@ttu.edu

Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley
Program Coordinator
806-834-0225
n.griffin-shirley@ttu.edu

Faculty