All applicants to the Orientation and Mobility Graduate Certificate Program must complete the following process to be admitted:
- Apply to the Graduate College at Missouri State. To apply online, click here
- Submit a letter of intent indicating your plan to pursue Visually Impaired certification, Orientation and Mobility Certification, or dual certification. This letter must include a discussion of how you will meet the additional practice requirements and direct observation and instructional hours required during the program (see additional requirements below). Also include your knowledge and skills in online learning tools such as blackboard, SKYPE and online chats. Finally, describe why you wish to teach visually impaired students, what skills and abilities you have that would make you a good teacher of visually impaired students, and why you believe you would be a good candidate academically for this program.
- Submit three letters of reference, including at least one from a present employer and at least one from an individual who can attest to the candidate's academic ability.
If you are a Missouri resident and have not completed the Family Care and Safety Registry (FCSR) form, please do so by following this link http://education.missouristate.edu/services/efe/fcsr.htm and follow the “First Time Registration” instructions. If you have previously completed this form, please print the information from the “Registered” page and fax a copy to Lisa Monkres and John Reinert at 417-836-5008, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are a resident of another state, please complete an FBI background check following this link http://education.missouristate.edu/services/efe/FBI_background_check.htm . Please print the instructions prior to starting your registration information. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Monkres at 417-836-4206.
Materials will be screened and top applicants will be contacted for a personal interview. This interview may be conducted in person, via phone or SKYPE. Prior to the interview, eligible candidates will be sent a list of possible interview questions in order to prepare.
All application materials should be submitted via email or US mail to:
Lisa Monkres - Admissions Coordinator
Teacher Certification Office
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897
- Each student will be expected to complete a summer intensive course in techniques of Orientation and Mobility. This course is 8 weeks in length, and is taught on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield, MO. Out of town students typically will stay on campus in the residence halls. During this course, participants will complete a total of 160 clock hours under a blindfold with instruction. Full participation in this course is required as part of this program.
- Each student will be required to identify a location in their community to complete a 350 clock hour internship in Orientation and Mobility as the last course in the program. This includes teaching students who are blind or visually impaired in a K-12 school district and working with adults and young children, including infants/toddlers in a local community agency. If the internship cannot be completed in a timely manner, the participant will be expected to complete an internship in a summer intensive program.
- Each student will need to be supervised during their internship semester by a ACVREP-Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with a minimum of 5 years of experience. It is important to make sure there is a certified individual available in your area to provide supervision before enrolling in the program.
- Students may be asked to participate in a trip to a guide dog school in New Jersey. If requested, travel expenses may be paid for by the guide dog school. Dates of attendance and location will be provided to students accepted into the O&M program.