How do I Begin the Process?
Thank you for your interest in our orientation and mobility program!!
We are now a web-enhanced program. You can take most of the courses online. However, you would need to plan on coming to Little Rock for two consecutive summers for four weeks each summer to take the two blindfold simulation classes and student teaching.
We offer the classes at our school for the blind mid-June to mid-July, where you would receive free room and board. Those who seek a Masters degree or just ACVREP certification in O&M (through our new online Graduate Certificate program) may be able to do so over two years of 1-2 online courses/semester and two consecutive summers attending three-week sessions here in Little Rock. Continuing students who complete the three-week sessions and ensuing 275-hour direct-teaching (350 total hours) internship and who have at least a bachelors degree and vision-related courses to O&M along with the O&M courses, would be eligible to apply for national certification in O&M and the national O&M examination.
In the summers students will receive free room and board at the Arkansas School for the Blind (where the courses will be taught) in exchange for accepting responsibilities as recreational aides during the session. We recommend that students make personal arrangements for transportation to and from Little Rock, daily living expenses (including the last week’s meals), and for tuition.
We offer RSA scholarships to a limited number of students who have successfully completed at least 6 semester hours from us and who have completed the necessary application process; there are certain contingencies associated with the scholarship and you are directed to the Financial Aid section of our website for further details.
In order to complete the program in the suggested time frame, expect to enroll in 6 hours of courses each semester. Presently we do not require entrance examinations of any kind, but do expect applicants to be eligible for admission to the Graduate School.To guarantee full consideration for admission, please have all application materials sent as soon as possible.
If you were interested, your first steps would be to enroll in our program:
1. Visit this website to complete online the Graduate School application form and view the graduate catalog: Indicate on the GS application form that you are either Masters or Graduate Certificate degree-seeking in Rehab: O&M;
2. Have your universities mail the transcripts directly from them to our GS. Submit directly to Dr. Jacobson a personally hand-written essay of no more than 500 words describing your background and experiences and reasons for choosing a career in orientation and mobility. There is no specific form or format that is required. Be sure that the applicant’s name, address, telephone, email, major, and semester to begin the program are included in the essay.
3. Let Dr. Jacobson know when you’ve applied. That’s it! E-mail Dr. Jacobson if you have further questions!