Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology

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 through additional knowledge in assistive technology to help those who are blind, visually impaired or have functional visual limitations.

Why this program?

  • Coursework for this program is completely online, providing flexibility for working adults.

  • This program requires a professional field experience that you could complete where you already work.

  • If you already have a master’s degree in a blindness and low vision discipline, you may be need as few as nine credits to complete this certification.

  • You also may be able to use your previous field experience toward this certificate.


The AT BVI Certificate has multiple tracks to completion. The program coordinator will work with you to understand your goals and background and will match them to the appropriate track. 

You must take the following core classes:

  • BLS 6840 – Assessment (Offered online in fall)

  • BLS 6850 – Instruction (Offered online in spring)

Based on prior experience, concurrent enrollment and career goals, you will also be assigned either on-campus technology courses or on-the-job internship requirements.


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).