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Specialization Requirements for the Orientation and Mobility Endorsement--Academic Class.

(1) Plan One. A bachelor's or higher degree with certification in visually impaired and nine (9) semester hours to include three (3) semester hours in each of the following:

(a) Beginning orientation and mobility skills to include experience and observation of behaviors under conditions simulating visual impairments;

(b) Advanced orientation and mobility skills focusing on increasingly complex environments and applications to multihandicapped preschool, school-age, and adult populations; and

(c) Applied skills in orientation and mobility to include observation and assessment, and planning and delivery of orientation and mobility services to students with visual impairments; or

(2) Plan Two. A bachelor's or higher degree with certification in an academic class subject and twenty-four (24) semester hours to include the areas specified below:

(a) Three (3) semester hours in each of the following:

1. Foundations of exceptional student education to include historical perspectives, student characteristics, and trends and issues;

2. Introduction to visual impairments including psychological, social, and emotional implications; history of educational services; and current delivery models;

3. Functions of the eye and educational implications to include interpretation of medical eye reports, structure of the eye, disease and impairments, low vision training, and the use and care of optical aids;

4. Introduction to orientation and mobility to include theories, concepts, and the impact of mobility on the individual, the family, and the community;

5. Beginning orientation and mobility skills to include experience and observation of behaviors under conditions simulating visual impairments;

6. Advanced orientation and mobility skills focusing on increasingly complex environments and applications to multihandicapped preschool, school-age, and adult populations; and

(b) Six (6) semester hours in applied skills in orientation and mobility to include observation and assessment, and planning and delivery of orientation and mobility services to students with visual impairments.

Specific Authority 1001.02, 1012.55, 1012.56 FS. Law Implemented 1001.02, 1012.54, 1012.55, 1012.56 FS. History–New 10-3-91.

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