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Certificate in Guide Dog Mobility

- Program on hold until further notice; no applications accepted -

This graduate certificate program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Special Education at SFSU and Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. in San Rafael, California. The primary objective of the certificate program is to prepare highly qualified professionals to serve as guide dog mobility instructors for the blind. Guide Dog Mobility Instructors train specially bred dogs to serve as dog guides and also provide specialized instruction to people who have visual impairments in their travel with a dog guide. Staff and faculty from both campuses are experts in the field and collaborate in the specialized training. Courses in guide dog mobility are completed primarily on the San Rafael campus, approximately one-half hour north of San Francisco and at San Francisco State University.

>Click here for the Guide Dog Mobility program website.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree, in any area from an accredited university
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0
  • Application for Graduate Admission to San Francisco State University (SFSU)
  • Application for Program Admission to Department of Special Education
Fall, Year 1
SPED 655 Basic Orientation and Mobility
3
SPED 749 Medical and Education Implications of Visual Impairments
4
SPED 741

Intro to Canine Assessment and Training

3
SPED 755 Formal Guide Work Training
3
 
Subtotal:
13
Spring, Year 1
SPED 759 Introduction to Client Instruction
3
SPED 761 Instructional Management and Special Populations
3
 
Subtotal:
6
Fall, Year 2
SPED 831 Internship in Special Education
6
 
Total Program Units:
25


SFSU WRITTEN ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Entry Level: Graduate Essay Test (GET) prior to final semester.
  • Exit Level: Written Comprehensive Examination administered by program, in conjunction with SPED 831, Internship in Special Education.

PROGRAM ADVISOR
Sandra Rosen, Ph.D
Phone: (415) 338-1245
Office: BH 150
Email: srosen@sfsu.edu


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