University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Curriculum for Vision Studies - Orientation & Mobility Certification

This hybrid (online and on-campus) program prepares professionals to serve the O&M needs of children and adults who are B/VI. O&M specialists provide the necessary instruction for safe, independent travel to children and adults who are B/VI. Training includes integrating skills such as orientation in space with the appropriate selection and use of mobility, electronic (GPS), and/or optical devices for utilization of residual vision. The O&M certification courses are offered fully online, one-course per term in the fall and spring. Students are also required to participate in one 7-week on-campus summer session, completing both Techniques of O&M 1 and 2 (6-credits).

Professionals previously certified in a TVI only need to complete the 21-credits of O&M certification (see O&M Suggested Plan of Study, Option 1) courses. If you do not possess certification in a vision related field of study, you must complete the 21-credits of O&M certification courses, plus 11-credits of additional TVI certification courses (see O&M Suggested Plan of Study, Option 2). Students may also combine a M.Ed. degree with the O&M certification program.

Students complete an O&M internship (typically 12 to 14-weeks in length) required by the national certifying body (ACVREP) and is scheduled at the completion of the O&M didactic coursework. Students are also required to attend a weekend workshop on Pitt’s Oakland Campus prior to the beginning of the O&M internship.

O&M Certification Curricula (Option 1)

Dept Course # Title Credits
IL 2540 Foundations of O&M 3
IL 2750 Techniques of Orientation and Mobility 1 3
IL 2752 Techniques of Orientation and Mobility 2 3
IL 2541 Program Development: O&M 3
IL 2753 O&M for Diverse Populations 3
IL 2857 Level 3 Internship Practicum: O&M 6

Option 2

Required courses for O&M single certification for students who do not possess certification in a vision related field of study. (Option 2, including courses from Option 1 above)

Dept Course # Title Credits
IL 2530 Introduction to the Eye and Low Vision 3
IL 2531 Education of Children with VI 1 3
IL 2532 Early Intervention for Children with VI 3
IL 2527 Level 1 Observational Practicum: VI 2