Certificate in Orientation and Mobility

Certificate in Orientation and Mobility

* The program begins in July 2018, but those who are taking path 2 will need to begin pre-requisites in July 2017.

Orientation & Mobility Certificate Program

This program prepares students to teach all age ranges of individuals who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely and efficiently through their environment.

Completion of the program will allow students to apply for certification with the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS).

The final requirement is completion of a 350-hour COMS-supervised internship in Orientation and Mobility that meets ACVREP specifications. Full completion of the program leads to a certificate in Orientation and Mobility. Students must successfully complete the full program to be qualified to teach as Orientation and Mobility specialists.

Path 1
For individuals with a background in the visual impairment field who have the required prerequisite courses or approved equivalents (see Path 1), the O&M Certificate is comprised of 15 credits taken in person over two summers and online in between.

Path 2
For individuals who do not have background in visual impairment, 12 additional credit hours of prerequisite courses are required prior to beginning the 15-credit program (see Path 2).

Students who wish to become Orientation and Mobility Specialists for the blind and visually impaired can do so via two path choices, depending on prior experience and coursework.

Path 1: 15 Credits

Requirements
  1. Applicant has a completed bachelor’s degree or higher
  2. Applicant has successfully completed the following pre-requisite courses (or approved equivalents) in visual impairment (e.g. through an approved teacher of students with visual impairments program, vision rehabilitation program, etc.)
    1. EPSE 540: Seminar in Low Vision
    2. EPSE 541: Braille Reading and Writing
    3. EPSE 536: Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments – OR –
      EPSE 320: Classroom Inclusion of Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired
    4. EPSE 513: Foundations of Orientation & Mobility for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments
      {Note: 455: Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for the Blind is also acceptable}
  3. Applicant is committed to completing the full O&M 15-Credit program including the 350-hour supervised internship (note: this may require taking time off from regular employment responsibilities).
Application Notes

The number of students we can take in each cohort is restricted, so acceptance into the program may be competitive. For detailed information, please review the Admissions section.

Schedule for Next Cohort (2018 Start)

Term Course
Starting Summer:
July 2018
EPSE 456: Advanced Orientation and Mobility Techniques (6 Credits)
On-campus, 4 weeks | mid-July to mid-August; M-F; 5hrs/day (allows for built in break and travel time)
First Winter:
January 2019
EPSE 537: Programming in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
Online, 13 weeks | January–April
Second Summer:
July 2019
EPSE 538: Seminar in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
On-campus, 3 weeks | first 3 weeks of July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
Second Winter:
September 2019**
EPSE 598: Internship (3 credits)
In the field | 350-hour internship (may take place over more than 1 term if placement is part-time)

**Students can take up to two consecutive terms to complete the 350-hour internship. Additional time may require registering for EPSE 598 a second time.


Students who wish to become Orientation and Mobility Specialists for the blind and visually impaired can do so via two path choices, depending on prior experience and coursework.

Path 2: 27 Credits

Requirements
  1. Applicant has a completed bachelor’s degree or higher.
  2. Applicant is missing one or more of the following pre-requisites or approved equivalents:
    1. EPSE 540: Seminar in Low Vision
    2. EPSE 541: Braille Reading and Writing*
    3. EPSE 536: Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments (preferred) – OR –
      EPSE 320: Classroom Inclusion of Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired
    4. EPSE 513: Foundations of Orientaiton & Mobility for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments
      {Note: 455: Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for the Blind is also acceptable}
  3. Applicant is committed to completing the full O&M 15-Credit program including the 350-hour supervised internship (note: this may require taking time off from regular employment responsibilities).

*Discuss possible course/training alternatives to complete the braille requirement with the O&M Certificate Coordinator

Application Notes

The number of students we can take in each cohort is restricted, so acceptance into the program may be competitive. Please note that Path 2 applicants beginning pre-requisites are not guaranteed acceptance into the O&M cohort.

  • Notify the program coordinator, Kim Zebehazy, if you are registering for the pre-requisites.

To be eligible to enter the O&M cohort that begins in summer of even years, applicants on Path 2 must first complete the pre-requisite courses. These can be taken at UBC or another approved institution that has equivalent programming in visual impairment. By applying to be an unclassified student at UBC starting in summer of the odd year (year before next cohort start), it is possible to complete the prerequisites on time (see course table below).

Please note that Path 2 leads to the same graduate certificate. However, up to 12 credits of the prerequisite courses could be applied to a Masters in Special Education Blindness and Visual Impairment concentration if you have a teaching certificate (a requirement for entry into that Masters program), or some elective credits may be able to be applied to another special education Masters. In addition, a Masters in Special Education with a concentration in orientation and mobility is being developed (speak to the O&M program coordinator about this possibility).

Prerequisites

Applicants interested in Path Two must start the prerequisites in summer 2017, and will need to apply as an “unclassified” student and pay unclassified student fees to complete these courses.  You may then apply for the O&M Certificate program when the application opens.

  • You can apply for admission as an “unclassified” student in order to register for the prerequisite courses.  For admission inquiries and assistance, contact Alya Zhukova (604-822-0165)
  • You must notify the program advisor, Kim Zebehazy if you are registering for the prerequisites with the intent to apply for Path 2.
  • Your tuition per course will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus any authorized student fees.

Schedule for Next Cohort (2018 Start)

Term Course
Prerequisite Summer:
July 2017
EPSE 540: Seminar in Low Vision (3 credits)
On-campus, 4 weeks | First 4 weeks in July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
EPSE 541: Braille Reading and Writing (3 credits)
On-campus, 6 weeks | Beginning of July to mid-August; M/W/F; 2.5hrs/day
Prerequisite Winter:
September 2017
EPSE 536: Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments  (EPSE 536 is the preferred prerequisite course) (3 credits)
Online, 13 weeks | September–December
(EPSE 320: Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments) (3 credits)
Available in multiple terms
Starting Summer:
July 2018
EPSE 513: Foundations of Orientation and Mobility for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (3 credits)
On-campus, 3 weeks | first 3 weeks in July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
EPSE 456: Advanced Orientation and Mobility Techniques (6 Credits)
On-campus, 4 weeks | mid-July to mid-August (begins after EPSE 455 ends); M-F; 5hrs/day (allows for built in break and travel time)
First Winter:
January 2019
EPSE 537: Programming in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
Online, 13 weeks | January–April
Second Summer:
July 2019
EPSE 538: Seminar in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
On-campus, 3 weeks | first 3 weeks of July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
Second Winter:
September 2019**
EPSE 598: Internship (3 credits)
In the field | 350-hour internship (may take place over more than 1 term if placement is part-time)

**Students can take up to two consecutive terms to complete the 350-hour internship. Additional time may require registering for EPSE 598 a second time.

Application Status: Not yet open
Application deadline: TBC

Applicant Requirements

All students must meet the admission and application requirements of both Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the program, which include:

  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree, and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits
  • Evidence of adequate preparation, ideally through a combination of academic and professional experience, to undertake graduate level study in this area
  • Evidence of completion of prerequisite courses (or approved equivalents; see below for course listing)

Required application materials for this program include:

  • Completed online application form (apply here).
  • One official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC)
    • Note: Applicants currently enrolled in the MEd/MA special education Masters in blindness and visual impairment do not need to resubmit transcripts.
  • Three electronic letters of reference
  • An electronic copy of an up-to-date resumé

Prerequisites

The following courses (or approved equivalents) are prerequisites for the Graduate Certificate in O&M (see Path 2 for more information):

EPSE 540: Seminar in Low Vision
EPSE 541: Braille Reading and Writing
EPSE 536: Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments – OR – EPSE 320
EPSE 513: Foundations of Orientation and Mobility for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments – OR – EPSE 455
Note: Can be taken in the same summer as the start of the O&M cohort

Online Application Form

Students will be asked to respond to the following questions on the 2016 online application form:

  1. Please provide a 500-word statement of your academic and professional goals, indicating how you think this program can help you enhance your professional learning and practice.
  2. Please provide a 500-word description of academic and/or professional experience that you feel have prepared you to take up graduate-level work in this area of study.
  3. Please discuss any other information you feel would be important to the Admission Committee in evaluating your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (optional; only if there is something you have not had an opportunity to highlight)

Transcripts should be sent to:

Alex Allen
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, & Special Education
The University of British Columbia
Faculty of Education
2516 – 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
Canada

Application Status: Not yet open
Next Application Intake: To be announced
Application deadline: TBC
Online Application: https://secure.grad.ubc.ca/AccountC/instructions.asp

Application Procedure:

Please disregard the introductory information on the application site as it for all applications and does not apply directly to this program. To begin your application:

  1. Go to: https://secure.grad.ubc.ca/AccountC/instructions.asp
  2. Select create account (link on the left)
  3. Create your account
  4. Click new application (link on left after creating your account)

You can then use the dropdown menu to select Certificate in O&M and get started!

Course Registration

All students enrolled in this graduate certificate program will be enrolled into the program’s required or core courses. You do not register yourself.

Registering in Prerequisite Courses

If you are taking prerequisite(s) for this program, you will need to self-register in each course:

  • Using your CWL ID and password, log in to the Student Service Centre (SSC).
    • You can apply for admission as an unclassified student to take the prerequisites and apply for the O&M Certificate program when the application is open.  For admission assistance, contact Alya Zhukova (604-822-0165) in the Teacher Education Office.
  • Pay the registration deposit.
  • Follow the prompts to register in your course section(s).

For additional information on registering for courses, please visit UBC Courses & Registration.

2017/18 Program Fees

  • $5,149 for domestic students
  • $10,204 for international students

These fees do not include the student fees paid by all UBC students (e.g. Athletic fee, U-Pass, etc.). Read about student fees here.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change. Please reference the UBC Calendar for published tuition fees: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/Vancouver/index.cfm?tree=14,266,772,0#17999.

The program fees will be charged on a per course basis:

Domestic Students

  • $1,308.82 per 3 credit graduate course
  • $1,222.05 for the 6 credit undergraduate course (EPSE 456)*

International Students

  • $1,640.71 per 3 credit graduate course
  • $5,281.35 for the 6 credit undergraduate course (EPSE 456)*

*Undergraduate course tuition (EPSE 456) is assessed at a higher rate then graduate course tuition for international students.

For the most up-to-date tuition details, please click here.

Student Fees

Student fees will be applied to this program, learn more.

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee of $45 is required at the time of application.

Path 1 – 2016/17 Program

Term Course
Summer:
July 2016
EPSE 456: Advanced Orientation and Mobility Techniques (6 Credits)
On-campus, 4 weeks | mid-July to mid-August; M-F; 5hrs/day (allows for built in break and travel time)
First Winter:
January 2017
EPSE 537: Programming in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
Online, 13 weeks | January–April
Second Summer:
July 2017
EPSE 538: Seminar in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
On-campus, 3 weeks | first 3 weeks of July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
Second Winter:
September 2017**
EPSE 598: Internship (3 credits)
In the field | 350-hour internship (may take place over more than 1 term if placement is part-time)

**Students can take up to two consecutive terms to complete the 350-hour internship. Additional time may require registering for EPSE 598 a second time.

Path 2 – 2016/17 Program

Term Course
Prerequisite Summer:
July 2015
EPSE 540: Seminar in Low Vision (3 credits)
On-campus, 4 weeks | First 4 weeks in July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
EPSE 541: Braille Reading and Writing (3 credits)
On-campus, 6 weeks | Beginning of July to mid-August; M/W/F; 2.5hrs/day
Prerequisite Winter:
September 2015
EPSE 536: Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments (3 credits)
Online, 13 weeks | September–December
(EPSE 320: Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments) (3 credits)
Available in multiple terms
Starting Summer:
July 2016
EPSE 513: Foundations of Orientation and Mobility for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (3 credits)
On-campus, 3 weeks | first 3 weeks in July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
EPSE 456: Advanced Orientation and Mobility Techniques (6 Credits)
On-campus, 4 weeks | mid-July to mid-August (begins after EPSE 455 ends); M-F; 5hrs/day (allows for built in break and travel time)
First Winter:
January 2017
EPSE 537: Programming in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
Online, 13 weeks | January–April
Second Summer:
July 2017
EPSE 538: Seminar in Orientation and Mobility (3 credits)
On-campus, 3 weeks | first 3 weeks of July; M-F; 2.5hrs/day
Second Winter:
September 2017**
EPSE 598: Internship (3 credits)
In the field | 350-hour internship (may take place over more than 1 term if placement is part-time)

**Students can take up to two consecutive terms to complete the 350-hour internship. Additional time may require registering for EPSE 598 a second time.


If you are interested in completing your O&M coursework at UBC, please contact Kim Zebehazy at kim.zebehazy@ubc.ca or 604.822.4506 for further information or if you have questions.