Vision Studies Certificate

Application deadlines 

Orientation and Mobility certificate:
Mar. 1 for summer admission

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy certificate:
Jun. 1 for fall admission

Review the application checklist here.

We offer two certificates through our Vision Studies program: one in orientation and mobility (O&M), and one in vision rehabilitation therapy (VRT). Read about these certificates below, or learn about our master's program in Vision Studies.

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Certification

The discipline of orientation and mobility (O&M) teaches people with visual impairments to orient themselves and travel safely with confidence. Participants in our O&M program learn to evaluate needs and to teach the use of equipment as the long cane and low vision aids, as well as the integration of a professionally trained dog guide.

Students learn how to teach travel skills in a variety of environments, including indoor, residential, business, rural, and urban areas. The curriculum addresses the art of teaching such skills across the lifespan to both children and adults, as well as those with additional disabilities.

The O&M certification program leads to specialized work with people who are blind or visually impaired. Candidates for the certificate proceed through a sequence of course work, field-based experiences, and practica to fulfill eligibility requirements as prescribed by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals. The total credits required for certification will vary depending on the candidate’s background in related course work.

O&M Certification: 19 credits (for vision professionals)
O&M Certification, expanded curriculum: 28 credits (for related services professionals)

For further information, please contact Dr. Laura Bozeman, the director of the Vision Studies program, at laura.bozeman@umb.edu or 617-287-4385.

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Certification

Professionals in vision rehabilitation therapy (VRT) enhance the vocational opportunities, independent living, and educational development of people with vision loss. This may include working in center-based or itinerant settings. Participants in our VRT program learn to evaluate and teach daily living skills and strategies for safe, independent living for those with visual impairment.

Candidates for the certificate proceed through a sequence of course work, field-based experiences, and practica to fulfill eligibility requirements as prescribed by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) and the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP). Successful completion of the curriculum, along with faculty recommendation, qualifies the student to sit for the national examination in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy offered by ACVREP.

Certificates in VRT are available through a specified curriculum that is dependent on the applicant’s background and education history. Candidates must meet the requirements prescribed by AERBVI and ACVREP. Total credits will vary depending on the candidate's background in related coursework.

For further information, please contact Dr. Laura Bozeman, the director of the Vision Studies program, at laura.bozeman@umb.edu or 617-287-4385.