UMass Boston's Assistive Technology for Individuals with Visual Impairments Certificate focuses on training professionals to assist individuals with visual impairments, and enhance their technological skills to enhance opportunities in a variety of settings, including vocational, educational, independent living, and avocational settings. It’s designed for teachers and other professionals who want to work with people with visual impairments and help them lead safe, productive, and independent lives.
Explore cutting-edge learning technologies and gain practical hands-on experience through fieldwork. Apply these skills to assist people of all ages in different settings — from state and federal agencies to private agencies to public and private schools. This program prepares you to sit for national professional exams through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals.
The program is one of the first fully online academic programs for preparing Assistive Technology Instructional Specialists for People with Visual Impairments. The university is seeking graduate applicants from all over the United States and abroad. We are particularly interested in expanding enrollment of students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities.
The UMass Boston AT program uses a combination of online courses, integrated field hours, and practicum experiences that allow students to gain professional skills and prepare for the CATIS certification exam through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).
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The Assistive Technology for Individuals with Visual Impairments Certificate is fully accredited by ACVREP, Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals.
The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
- Online Application
- Transcripts — Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.
- Three Letters of Recommendation — Emphasis should be on academic and professional references.
- Test Scores: GRE, MAT, or MTEL — If you do not have a master’s degree, you will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample) — Submit a two-part essay:
- Explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies (approximately 300 words).
- Indicate your specific interest in Orientation & Mobility and discuss the type of work you would like to do in this field (at least 1,200 words).
- This statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax
- Personal Interview with Faculty Member — When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).
- International Applicants Only — TOEFL Test Scores
Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.
- Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
- Next, download your required Financial Aid Forms here.
- Check your financial aid status using WISER.
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