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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.


A bachelor's degree is required.

Those accepted into the O&M Program may be eligible for tuition (instructional fee) and general fee waiver. Only Ohio residents are considered for this funding support, contingent upon admission to the program.  All other fees are the admitted student's responsibility.

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