Orientation and Mobility
OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:
If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Orientation and Mobility, you are mandated to take a minimum of six semester hours of college coursework in Orientation and Mobility prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete out-of-field training each school year or until you have obtained certification in Orientation and Mobility. Note that failure to comply will impact your future placement/assignments up to including non-renewal of your contract.
Your out-of-field record will remain open until you have added Orientation and Mobility to your certificate. Parent notification will be required to be sent home to the parents of the affected students. Once you obtain the certificate reflecting Orientation and Mobility, be sure to notify firstname.lastname@example.org so your out-of-field record can be closed. Note: no money is saved by waiting to add a certification area to your certificate when you submit your application for renewal and/or your initial professional certificate. You are urged to apply immediately for the addition once you have met and can document the subject area requirements.
REQUIREMENTS TO ADD ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY:
NOTE: You must hold certification in Visually Impaired to be eligible (after completion of all subject area requirements) to add this area to your certificate.
Complete nine semester hours of college coursework to satisfy requirements for the following areas: (a), (b), or (c) of the Orientation and Mobility Endorsement subject area requirements. Details regarding the Orientation and Mobility Endorsement subject area requirements are found at the Florida Department of Education web site.
Note that teaching experience cannot be used toward satisfaction of any of the listed requirements for this subject area.
Once you have completed all courses required to add the Orientation and Mobility Endorsement you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (indicating completion of the required courses) to the Florida Department of Education for the addition.
NOTE: The Infield Status Rubric is not an option for satisfying out-of-field requirements in the subject of Orientation and Mobility