|Average Completion Time:||1.5 years|
Can I Afford This?
Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner:
Federal grant money may be available for instructional costs and student support (stipend) up to 50% of costs. Contact the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies for more information.
More information about scholarships, grants and graduate assistantships, see funding information.
What you need to apply• Bachelor's Degree
• Resume or CV
• Min. undergrad GPA of 3.0
• Three letters of recommendation
• Personal statement
• A background in vision-related studies
The GRE is not required in order to apply.
Deadlines to Consider• Students can begin in the fall, spring, or summer II semesters.
• You may apply at any time.
• Be sure to apply at least four weeks prior to your desired start semester.
Those who already have a master’s degree in a blindness and low vision studies discipline may be able to add as few as 9 credits to complete this certification. Speak to an advisor in the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies for more information.
Do you have a passion for helping those who are blind or visually impaired? Do you have an interest in and aptitude for technology and problem solving? We designed this program with you in mind. We prepare vision professionals to advance their careers though additional knowledge in assistive technology to help those who are blind, visually impaired or have functional visual limitations.
Why Our Program?
- Coursework for this program is completely online, providing flexibility for working adults.
- This program requires a professional field experience that you could complete at your existing workplace.
- If you already have a master’s degree in a blindness and low vision discipline, you may be able to add as few as 9 credits to complete this certification.
- You also may be able to use your previous field experience toward this certificate.
Our program will help many of our graduates successfully pass the Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialists for People with Visual Impairments exam (CATIS) offered though the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).
Employment statistics project the number of positions in this field will increase at a rate of 11 percent from 2016-2026, well above the average of most occupations.
In May 2018, the median annual wage for jobs in the assistive technology field was $60,360 per year.