Program Information Guidelines
The Orientation and Mobility Specialist Training Program encourages qualified Minority Group Members to apply and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 existence of a physical disability does not disqualify one from considerations for program admission.
Orientation and mobility for visually impaired persons is a dynamic discipline. The CSULA Orientation and Mobility Training Program seeks instructor candidates possessing intelligence, common sense, sensitivity, insight, flexibility, creativity, dedication to teaching a wide range of students, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
All applicants to the Orientation and Mobility Specialist Training Program must complete a program application, an in-person interview, and a minimum of one field observation of a practicing Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Successful prior employment, volunteer service or personal experience with individuals who are visually impaired is preferred, but not essential. Due to the highly specialized nature of the program and intensive training resources required, there are a limited number of program openings each year.
Our goal is to meet the needs of the culturally diverse population that we serve. In our attempts to effectively address this goal we have identified a great demand for bilingual Orientation and Mobility Specialists
Candidates for the Orientation and Mobility Specialist Training Program are typically considered for admission in the Summer and Fall Quarter. While there is no strict application deadline, the program begins accepting applications in November for admission the following Fall Quarter. Federal grant support (when available) for this program requires that trainee recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA, carry a minimum courseload of 12 units each quarter, and plan a course of study resulting in completion of the MA program in four consecutive academic quarters.