Obtaining an Orientation and Mobility License
To issue an Orientation and Mobility license for the first time, the department must review the applicant's application and transcripts to determine eligibility. An applicant can apply for the license in ELO on this page: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/orientation
An applicant is eligible for a regular license if they have completed all of the following:
1) Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of all of the following concepts:
- Child or adolescent psychology;
- Measurement and evaluation;
- Psychology of education or educational psychology;
- Curriculum and methods of instruction.
2) Completed an Orientation and Mobility program approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
In addition to the above, six semester credits of "education" refresher course work would be required if the applicant had not been working in an education setting in the five years prior to the requested start date of the new license.
Renewing an Orientation and Mobility License
The current PI 34 administrative rule states that an orientation and mobility license may be renewed with successful completion of six semester credits of professional development or a Professional Development Plan (PDP). With the phase out of PDPs, these requirements are likely to be changed in the coming rewrite of PI 34. However, orientation and mobility licenses were not included in the lifetime licenses that were created in the 2017-2019 state budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59).
For questions about this information contact TEPDL with the subject Orientation and Mobility license.
For information on renewing this license see this page: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/orientation