Higher Education

The AER Accreditation Program  for institutions of higher education is designed to ensure that colleges and universities across the United States and abroad are offering O&M, TVI, LVT, VRT and AT personnel preparation programs that meet high quality standards. Personnel preparation programs are reviewed on administrative, faculty, clinical and curricular standards set forth by experts in the field. University and college programs with the “AER Accredited” distinction have demonstrated through performance, systems, processes, faculty and procedures that they offer top learning experiences for students; and high quality preparation for jobs and related certifications. Quick Facts

The following program types are eligible for consideration through the AER Accreditation Program:

Orientation & Mobility (O&M)
Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI)
Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
Adaptive Technology (AT)
Low Vision Therapists (LVT)

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The following college and university programs have successfully completed the accreditation process and have earned the distinction of “AER Accredited.” Each of these personnel preparation programs has demonstrated adherence to high quality standards that lead to a valuable academic experience; and the competencies needed for employment and certifications.

Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Programs

North Carolina Central University
Northern Illinois University
Salus University
San Francisco State University
Stephen F. Austin State University
Texas Tech University
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Massachusetts at Boston
University of Pittsburgh
Western Michigan University

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Programs

Western Michigan University
Northern Illinois University
Salus University
University of Massachusetts at Boston

Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) Programs

North Carolina Central University
Northern Illinois University
University of Arizona
Vanderbilt University
University of Northern Colorado