Classes Required for Certification

in Orientation and Mobility


SPE 500 -- Beginning Clinical Practicum in Orientation and Mobility (6 hours) -- An analysis and implementation of those skills, techniques and principles which enable an individual with a visual impairment to move independently with safety and efficiency.

SPE 515 -- Foundations in Visual Impairment -- Provides a broad overview of various aspects of blindness (e.g. agencies which provide services to persons with visual impairments, psychological and sociological aspects of blindness, history of the field).

SPE 516 -- Structure and Function of the Visual System -- Designed to familiarize the student with the various parts of the visual system and their impact on the process of seeing. The Functional Vision/Learning Media Assessment process is also introduced.

SPE 518 -- Orientation and Mobility Skills and Concepts -- Body imagery, concept development, spatial awareness and mobility are emphasized. Basic mobility skills including cane concepts and techniques and human guide are addressed.

SPE 519 -- Low Vision (3 hours)-- Visual assessment and intervention methods for persons with low vision.

SPE 552 -- Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Visual and Multiple Impairments -- Students are required to study a wide array of conditions that often accompany vision loss as well as educational programming considerations, assessment, and adaptation of environments for these students.

SPE 593 --Beginning Practicum in Orientation and Mobility (3 hours) -- Supervised work experience teaching orientation and mobility. Allows the student to apply personal values, theory and a philosophy of working with persons with disabilities.

SPE 594--Intermediate Practicum in Orientation and Mobility (3 hours)--Additional supervised work experience teaching orientation and mobility. Allows the student to apply personal values, theory and a philosophy of working with persons with disabilities.

SPE 595--Advanced Practicum in Orientation and Mobility (6 hours)-Supervised practicum experience requiring a minimum of 400 hours teaching orientation and mobility to individuals with a visual disability.