Texas Tech University

Special Education - Orientation and Mobility

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 concentration 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.

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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 concentration 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.

Technical Standards Acknowledgement Form

As part of the application process, students are required to download and digitally sign the Technical Standards for Orientation and Mobility Program form. During your online application process, you will be prompted to upload your completed form.

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, COE and Virginia Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities scholarships, research assistantships, student loans. Loans not available for certification-only students.

Program-Specific Scholarships Offered

The application for a competitive stipend award needs to be completed onlineDeadline for consideration for a scholarship award for fall is June 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 15.


Deadlines exist for completion and submission of scholarship applications.

Tuition & Fees

Use the Student Business Services Tuition Estimator to estimate your costs.


O&M Program Coordinator:

L.J. Gould, Ed.D.Admissions CoordinatorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentspecialeducationinquiries.educ@ttu.edu806-834-4224


Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Hybrid
  • Master's Hours to Completion: 36
  • Certification-Only Hours to Completion: 27
  • Now accepting applications for: All Semesters
  • Master's Maximum Transfer Hours: 6