Special Education - Orientation and Mobility
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 online. 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
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.email@example.com
- 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
College of Education
AddressTexas Tech University, College of Education, 3002 18th Street Lubbock, TX 79409