Welcome to M.A. in Orientation & Mobility
Orientation and Mobility
Specialist Training Program
Visual Impairments and Blindness
KHC1070 | (323) 343-4411 | Email [email protected]
The MA in Special Education, Option in Orientation & Mobility prepares specialists to provide instruction in independent movement and travel skills in home, school and community settings for individuals with visual impairments of all ages. This one-year program is highly intensive and incorporates extensive hands-on training and fieldwork experiences with coursework in visual impairment, theory and effective teaching practices.
As a graduate of the Masters in Special Education, Option in Orientation & Mobility, one may find work as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist with the following employers:
- Public, private and residential schools, serving infants, children and youth who are blind or visually impaired.
- Private agencies serving adults who are blind or visually impaired
- Veteran’s Administration Hospitals with Blind Rehabilitation Centers or Low Vision Outpatient Centers serving veterans who are blind or visually impaired
- State rehabilitation agencies, state commissions for the blind, and state rehabilitation agencies and centers providing services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired
- Regional centers or state departments of developmental services for individuals who have developmental disabilities including blindness.
The Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential in Orientation & Mobility is required to teach school-aged children in California. All students in the MA in Special Education, Option in Orientation & Mobility are dually enrolled in this credential program.
- Develop an understanding of current issues, practices and directions in curriculum in Orientation & Mobility.
- Develop knowledge and skills in educational research; develop analysis and reflection skills and written and oral communication.
- Identify and analyze topics of importance in current educational conversations and debates for critical issues related to Orientation & Mobility.
- Commit to their students’ learning of Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills and techniques.
- Effectively assess current Orientation & Mobility skills and develop appropriate individualized instructional plans.
- Augment their capacity to think reflectively about their teaching in Orientation & Mobility and to adapt their instructional methods and strategies as a result.
- Increase their capacity to become an agent of change in the field of Orientation & Mobility.
Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential: Orientation & Mobility