The Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, & Counselor Education offers a Master of Arts Program in Orientation and Mobility (O&M). The program uses a hybrid course delivery model, including both face-to-face and on-line courses. Face-to-face courses occur on weekends and in the summer at either the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) in Louisville or at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
The O&M program prepares individuals to provide instruction related to knowledge and skills for independent travel for children and adults with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. These professionals teach topics including: the use of canes and dog guides, independent travel skills, sensory and motor development, and advanced travel in complex environments.
The University of Kentucky has the distinction of offering the only O&M program in Kentucky.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum of 2.75 overall or 3.0 GPA in the last 30 credit hours to apply.
Applications must include the following:
Applications are accepted in the spring on even years for a fall semester start of that year.
Prerequisite Coursework (see program website for more information on transfer courses and concurrent enrollment)
30 credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0
Successful completion of practicum and internship
Satisfactory demonstration of all program standards
Program website: https://www.uky.edu/academics/masters/orientation-and-mobility-graduate