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Orientation and Mobility

The Department of Educational Studies offers a licensure-only program in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) for individuals with a bachelor's degree. O&M students will complete the required coursework and a certification exam.

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is a specialized instruction that enables persons who are blind or visually impaired, and may have additional disabilities, to travel from place to place safely, efficiently, and with maximum independence.

The Ohio State University Program in Orientation and Mobility provides instruction that will lead to licensure as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS). A COMS is responsible for helping people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to learn a unique set of skills necessary to travel safely and independently. These skills may include: understanding spatial and environmental concepts; using remaining vision and other senses; traveling indoor and outdoor routes; soliciting assistance; and using mobility devices, such as a long cane.

A COMS typically may work at a state school for the blind, within a public school district, for an educational service center, for a program serving infants, children, and adults with multiple disabilities, at a veterans administrative hospital or as a private contractor.

The Orientation and Mobility program requires students to have a bachelor's degree to be considered for admissions.