Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Program

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PSU's Orientation and Mobility (O&M) program is in full swing, with our second cohort of scholars going through the course sequence. We have completed recruitment for the 2019-2020 cohort. Applications will for the O&M program will re-open in October 2019 for the 2020-2021 cohort.

O&M professionals teach individuals with visual impairments how to travel safely, efficiently, and with purpose in a variety of environments. The O&M program is offered as an extension of PSUs long-standing Visually Impaired Learner program that has been preparing teachers of students with visual impairments (TVSIs) to work with school-age children for over 50 years. Students in the O&M program gain the professional skills and preparation to complete the international certification exam through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Nationwide there is a critical need for both TSVIs and O&Ms, particularly in rural areas. The College of Education offers the only program for TSVI and O&M training in the Pacific Northwest and is host to the Pacific and Northwest Consortium for Vision Education (PNWCVE). Applicants from PNWCVE member states (Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Montana) receive priority admissions and federal grant funding when available. Applicants from non-member states are welcome to apply and are accepted on a space-available basis

The O&M program offers a cohort model with a flexible hybrid courses. It is available in conjunction with the VIL initial license, as a single-track certificate of completion, and as an added certificate for those who currently hold a TSVI license.

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For more information, contact us at askcoe@pdx.edu or 503-725-4619.