The graduate certificate in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy is an excellent option for those who want to work in a professional setting assisting adult populations who are visually impaired. The curriculum is aimed to integrate compensatory skills and assistive technology enabling them to live safe, productive, and independent lives.

Individuals who would like to pursue certification only in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy must have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and complete a total of 25 credits. Apply all credits earned for the graduate certificate towards a M.Ed. program in Special Education, specialization in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (37 credits) also offered online through UMassOnline.

Specific areas of instruction taught by Vision Rehabilitation Therapists include:

  • Communication Systems (Braille, handwriting, recording skills, use of electronic reading systems, use of assistive technology and computer access technology, etc.).
  • Personal Management (grooming, hygiene, clothing organization, medical measurement, socialization skills, etc.)
  • Home Management (organization and labeling, repair and home maintenance, budgeting and record keeping, etc.)
  • Activities of Daily Living (cooking, cleaning, shopping, safety, money organization and management, etc.)
  • Leisure and Recreation (hobbies, woodworking, crafts, sports, etc.)
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Blindness and Vision Loss
  • Medical Management (assessment and instruction and training of adaptive medical equipment)
  • Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills (sighted guide, safety techniques, etc.

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists work with a number of special populations among persons who are blind or visually impaired including persons who are deaf-blind, college students, persons over 55 years old, children in transition to adult services, persons who are multiply disabled, employed persons requiring "on the job training" or workplace management, and veterans.

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The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London's Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President's Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
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  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree Reviews.com)
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
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  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

Admissions to all graduate programs are coordinated through the Office of Graduate Admissions. All materials and correspondence should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Campus Center, Upper Level. You can contact them at 617.287.6400. Program advisory information requests should be directed to Laura Bozeman at 617.287.4385 or  via email at Laura.bozeman@umb.edu or Paula Kosior at 617.287.7584 or via email at paula.kosior@umb.edu.

Apply to UMass Boston. Clearly specify that you are applying to the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Certification Program, Dept. of Special Education or the M.Ed. in Special Education, Specialization Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.

As part of the application process for the university, you are also required to:

1. Obtain three Letters of Recommendation, using the forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Emphasis should be placed on academic and professional references; that speak to your ability as a thoughtful educator in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.

2. Complete all testing required by the University. If you do not have an existing Master's degree, you will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller's Analogy Test (MAT), or the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy.

3. Submit an official transcript from each institution attended; a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admissions to a Master's degree program.

4. Complete your Statement of Interest and Intent by submitting a two-part essay. In the first part explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (approximately 300 words). In the second part (at least 1,200 words) indicate your specific interest and discuss the type of work you would like to do as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.

Financial Aid: 

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.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at https://studentaid.gov. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
  2. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at finaid@umb.edu


For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at finaid@umb.edu.