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M.A. in Rehabilitation of the Blind: Orientation and Mobility

Curriculum and course description

RHBL 5102, 5202, 5302. Workshop
On demand

RHBL 7190, 7290, 7390. Supervised Practice
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Faculty supervised practice in the use of required skills and competencies in the rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairments in rehabilitation or educational settings. On demand

RHBL 7191, 7291, 7391. Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. On demand

RHBL 7193, 7293, 7393. Special Topics
In-depth study of a topic of special interest.

RHBL 7315. Medical Aspects of Blindness and Associated Disabilities
Anatomy, structure, function of the eye; frequently occurring diseases, malfunctions in children, adults; includes treatment procedures for disease process, rehabilitation/education implications of handicapped effects. F

RHBL 7316. Principles of Orientation and Mobility for the Visually Impaired
Fundamental principles, theory of sensory information acquisition by the severely visually impaired for non-visual locomotion; practical applications. F

RHBL 7317. Introduction to Methods of Mobility for the Blind
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Practical application of orientation and mobility techniques used by blind, visually impaired in indoor, residential and small business environments; blindfolds, low-vision simulators emphasize use of residual senses to perceive, integrate, react to environmental stimuli. Su

RHBL 7318. Advanced Methods of Mobility for the Blind
Prerequisites: Rehabilitation of the Blind 7317, consent of instructor. Techniques of independent mobility for the blind; includes supervised blindfold and low vision simulation activities in commercial, rural environments; requires special travel situations, use of public assistance and public transportation, shopping malls, in-store travel. Su

RHBL 7325. Implications of Low Vision
Principles of visual perception development; implications of visual field losses; introduction to optics; optical, non-optical low-vision aids; procedures for vision screening; vision stimulation activities; low-vision simulation experiences. Sp

RHBL 7390. Practicum
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Professionally supervised work experience is offered with individuals with visual impairments in an appropriate rehabilitation or educational setting. A minimum of 120 hours of direct teaching is required. Su or On demand

RHBL 7395. Internship
Prerequisite: consent of instructor and RHBL 7390. Professionally supervised work experience with individuals with visual impairments is offered in an appropriate rehabilitation or educational setting. A minimum of 275 hours of direct teaching is required. This can be accomplished on a full-time (12 week minimum) or part-time basis. On demand

RHBL 7399. Professional Project
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Development of an original professional paper or media production in student’s area of emphasis; content determined with faculty committee chosen by student; may be research project, grant proposal, philosophical statement, media production. On demand

SPED 7305. Managing the Learning Environment
Theory, research, and application for behavioral management. Current issues and research in applied behavioral analysis and other forms of classroom management; cognitive behavioral and emerging management procedures, emphasis on application of research.

EDFN 7303. Introduction to Research and Its Applications
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Application of scientific approaches, methodology to problem solving; includes research design, data techniques analysis, their relation to action research; requires a research project. On demand

SPED 7343. Disability Law
State, federal laws, litigation, policies, and administrative practices relevant to education, employment, treatment of individuals with disabilities; includes historical development, current issues.

COUN 7360 Rehabilitation Foundations
The Purpose of this course is to provide both a broad foundation for students beginning their journey into the profession of rehabilitation and a broad based reference for current practitioners. The contents provide a conception overview of the professional, historical, theoretical, research and applied foundations of the rehabilitation profession as they relate to the services for individuals with disabilities.

COUN 7362 Psychological Aspects of Disability
Psychological and sociological aspects of disability, including community attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, strategies to change negative attitudes, adjustment factors in living with disabilities, and methods for supporting successful adjustment to disabilities.

CNSL 7302 Models and Techniques for Counseling Interviews
Prerequisite: CNSL7301. Techniques, procedures for counseling interviews: emphasis on mastery of levels of skills within a micro-skills hierarchy for counseling interviews, appropriate use of skills in various stages pf counseling

Updated 4.16.2009