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An Intensive Graduate Academic Certificate Program

Certificate Program includes distance education (26 weeks), a residency component (3 weeks), and practicum (100 hours)

Spring and Summer Semesters: January - August

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).

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors and graduate students in VR programs with the expertise to address issues and techniques specific to visual impairment. The Vision Specialist program began in 1990 in response to a shortage of qualified counseling personnel in the field of blindness rehabilitation.