Higher Education (Colleges and Universities)

AER Accreditation Council respectfully requests your comments to assist the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA) in considering our application for CHEA recognition:

Schedule for Recognition Review and Call for Third-Party Comment

Due date is May 27, 2022. Questions? Email [email protected]

 

 

HEAC MISSION STATEMENT: As a Commission, we are dedicated to ensuring that institutions of higher education prepare professionals for successful employment where they provide services of the highest quality to individuals who are blind and those who have low vision.    

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 Absolute Standards (administrative/management standards and certified professional standards) and Curricular Standards. 

Accreditation is awarded in the following categories: 

Full Accreditation requires that 100% of Absolute Standards be fully met and 95% of Curricular Standards.  AER Accreditation Program reviews the accredited programs’ Annual Reports, required in December of each year following the year accreditation is awarded, to ensure continuous quality.   

Provisional Accreditation is conferred if between 85% and 94% of curricular standards are met or 1 core absolute standard is not met; an institution that is provisionally accredited has one year to correct the flaws and become fully accredited.   

Denial of Accreditation occurs when Programs do not meet the requirements of Full or Provisional Accreditation.   

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

Adaptive Technology (AT)
Low Vision Therapists (LVT)
Orientation & Mobility (O&M)
Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)
Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

Want to know more about the AER Accreditation Program for College and University Programs?
Handbook
HEAC Frequently Asked Questions

Documents
Higher Education Accreditation Application Form
Annual Update Form

Standards
Core (Administrative/Management)
Assistive Technology (AT)
Low Vision Therapy (LVT)
Orientation and Mobility (O&M)
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) rev 2020
Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

Considering a degree program?

Considering a degree program?  The map below shows the location of all the higher education programs that offer personnel preparation in one or more of the disciplines known as Vision Impairment Specialties:  Orientation and Mobility (O&M), Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT), Assistive Technology (AT), Low Vision Therapy (LVT) or Teacher of Students with Vision Impairments (TVI, TCVI or TSVI).  An asterisk (*) by a program indicates accreditation by AER Accreditation Council. The list below the map identifies the accredited programs as well.

AER Accredited Programs and Expiration Dates

Accreditation Decision Summaries and Reports

Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Programs

Missouri State University—Full Accreditation through 9/29/2026 
North Carolina Central University—Full Accreditation through 6/30/2025
Northern Illinois University —Full Accreditation through 5/31/2022
Portland State University—Full Accreditation through 12/21/2025
Salus University—Full Accreditation through 4/1/2022
San Francisco State University—Full Accreditation through 1/31/2025
Texas Tech University—Full Accreditation through 7/28/2026
University of Arkansas at Little Rock—Full Accreditation through 4/30/2025
University of Massachusetts at Boston—Full Accreditation through 10/31/2023
University of Northern Colorado—Full Accreditation through 6/30/2024
University of Pittsburgh—Full Accreditation through 5/31/2022

Reviews in Progress
California State University Los Angeles
Florida State University
Stephen F. Austin University
University of Kentucky
University of Montreal

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Programs

Northern Illinois University—Full Accreditation through 8/31/2024
Salus University—Full Accreditation through 6/30/2022
University of Massachusetts at Boston—Full Accreditation through 5/31/2025
Western Michigan University—Full Accreditation through 10/14/2025

Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) Programs

Missouri State University—Full Accreditation through 9/26/2026
North Carolina Central University — Full Accreditation through 8/18/2026
Northern Illinois University—Full Accreditation through 12/2/2025
University of Arizona—Full Accreditation through 3/3/26
University of Northern Colorado—Full Accreditation through 12/31/2022
University of Pittsburgh—Full Accreditation through 8/31/2023

Reviews in Progress
Florida State University

Low Vision (LVT) Programs

Salus University—Full Accreditation through 4/14/2026

Reviews in Progress
University of Montreal