If you are already certified in a vision related field of study (e.g., TVI, Rehab Teacher for the Blind, or Low Vision Therapist), then you only need to complete the 21-credits of O&M Certification courses listed on the O&M Suggested Plan of Study (Option 1). If you do not possess certification in a vision related field of study, you must complete the 21-credits of O&M Certification courses plus 11-credits of additional TVI Certification courses (Option 2).
In addition, students complete and O&M internship which is required by the national certifying body ACVREP and is scheduled at the completion of the O&M didactic coursework. Students are also required to attend a weekend workshop on Pitt’s Oakland campus prior to the beginning of the O&M internship. This single certification program takes approximately 2 years to complete.
Students may also combine a M.Ed. degree with the O&M certification program.