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Certification Only - Orientation and Mobility Program

North Carolina Central University offers a program of study in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) as part of the Visual Impairment Training Program (VITP). Students can choose to complete the O&M certification program without a master’s degree. The program’s courses combine on-line and on-campus components to effectively train professionals to serve the needs of children and adults with visual impairments. O&M instruction promotes safe, effective, and independent travel. The VITP provides instructional methods for teaching these skills to children or adults.

Students are admitted to the O&M program as part of a fall cohort that they continue with through their courses. The O&M program consists of fall, spring and summer courses. The program also requires students to be on campus or the surrounding areas for face-to-face instruction on specific weekends through the fall and spring semester. Some courses may have an on-campus component in the summer as well. As part of their O&M program, students are required to complete a 350-hour internship as required for certification by the Academy for Certification of Rehabilitation and Education professionals (ACVREP). After attaining certification, students would be eligible for employment as an O&M Specialist through school districts, school for the blind, rehabilitation agencies, and VA Hospitals.

With certification from ACVREP, O&M Specialists are qualified to provide services related to:

  • Assessment of O&M skills and travel abilities
  • Functional Vision Assessments related to O&M
  • Sensory development and motor skills
  • Spatial orientation
  • Use of mobility devices including the long cane and Assistive Mobility Devices
  • Use of technology devices including GPS
  • Self-determination and self-advocacy
  • Independent street crossings
  • Bus travel and travel in business environments
  Plan of Study
Year 1  
Fall EDEC 5501 - Intro to VI
  EDEC 5502 - Intro to Braille
Spring  
Summer EDEC 5601 - Structure and Function of the Eye
  EDEC 5603 - O&M for the Classroom Teacher
Year 2  
Fall EDEC 5605 - Sensory and Motor Development
  EDEC 5606 - Advanced Methods in Orientation and Mobility
Spring EDEC 5607 - Advanced Theory in Orientation and Mobility
  EDEC 5608 - O&M for Special Populations
Summer EDEC 5697 - Internship 
 
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