This Certificate Program includes four online education graduate courses, including a 100 hour practicum.
Great news: Starting with the class of 2020, the three week residency component is no longer required! All coursework will be online with some activities conducted in agencies that are serving individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Students begin online coursework in the spring and continue through the summer and fall semesters (January – December).
Candidates must have their application submitted by October 1st. Candidates must be accepted into the program as well as being admitted to the University.
The program is sponsored by the National Research and Training Center (NRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision and the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (a CORE Accredited program) at Mississippi State University. The project is funded by a long term training grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U. S. Department of Education (Grant #H129P140004).
The purpose of the program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors, therapists, and graduate students enrolled in VR programs with the expertise to address issues and techniques specific to visual impairment.