Rehabilitation of the Blind

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

M.A. Online
30 months
752 USD/credit
752 USD/credit
320 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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There is a recognized national shortage of Orientation and Mobility specialists. In response to shortages of personnel in the rehabilitation and education fields specific to vision impairment, the Department of CARE offers a master of arts degree and a certificate program in Orientation and Mobility. 


The programs are available online through part-time study, including some face-to-face classes provided in Little Rock and, in special instances, in other states.

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation of the Blind Orientation & Mobility

The Master of Arts in Rehabilitation of the Blind: Orientation and Mobility program develops skills in teaching both congenitally and adventitiously blind and low-vision persons in a wide range of education and rehabilitation agencies nationwide. The program offers an emphasis in orientation and mobility instruction. The program is open to both full-time and part-time students. Many of the courses are offered in a web-based format. Students may expect to enroll in one to three online courses each semester (two courses is the recommended maximum).Due to several significant budget cuts and the forthcoming retirement of the only faculty member in the Rehabilitation Teaching/Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Program, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is suspending admissions to the RT/VRT. The Orientation & Mobility and Rehabilitation Counseling Programs will continue.This emphasis teaches a reliable system for establishing and maintaining awareness of one’s position in the environment (orientation) and fostering freedom and spontaneity of movement (mobility). It enables blind and low-vision persons to overcome the severe problems of mobility by teaching them to travel safely, efficiently, and confidently.

The online Master of Arts degree program in Orientation and Mobility prepares professionals to provide orientation and mobility services to people who are blind or visually impaired. Orientation & Mobility specialists provide consumers with skills to maximize environmental information and to process and utilize it to make judgments and decisions for independent travel while using their remaining vision, long canes or dog guides. The program provides the course work and supervised fieldwork experiences required for certification by the Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Students must commit to coming to Little Rock for two consecutive summers to enroll in the blindfold simulation classes and student teaching. Summer classes usually run for the last three weeks in June, and students receive free room and some meals either at the Arkansas School for the Blind or at World Services for the Blind, where classes are held. In exchange for the living accommodations, students must agree to assist in light recreational duties (or student teaching responsibilities) with the children at the school. Internships may be arranged in the student’s home community under the supervision of a certified O&M instructor. Students adhering to a prescribed program of study may be able to complete the degree in 2.5-3 years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of O&M
  • Medical Aspects of Blindness and Associated Disabilities
  • Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • Low Vision Implications
  • Introduction of Methods of Mobility
  • Rehabilitations Foundations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application to the UALR Graduate School
  • Baccalaureate degree from a recognized accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours (official transcripts required) or a master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Interview with program coordinator
  • A personally written essay of no more than 500 words describing the applicant’s background, experiences, and goals for choosing a career in Orientation and Mobility. 
  • Personal characteristics considered in the admission process include leadership potential, emotional and social maturity, innovation, and potential for success in the chosen emphasis area. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    752 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 752 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    752 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 752 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • In-State

    320 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 320 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Rehabilitation of the Blind
University of Arkansas at Little Rock