Microsoft Office Specialist

microsoft office specialist student

Microsoft Office Specialist
Program Length: 6 months | Open Enrollment

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) program is designed to effectively prepare adults who are blind or visually impaired to successfully earn certifications for the Microsoft Office applications. The program prepares a client to function in an office environment or as a first-level application support specialist. The program includes training in Microsoft Windows with Microsoft Office products.

Computer training is accomplished with the use of assistive technology such as screen-reading programs and magnification programs, depending on the individual’s needs.

In the computer training module, the individual learns how to use the Microsoft Office 2013 suite of programs and to ultimately obtain certifications in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. The program is primarily self-paced with scheduled instructional times and group activities. Assignments integrate the knowledge of multiple applications to demonstrate proficiency.

For more information, or to begin the application process, contact Rebecca Reid, director of recruiting and retention, at or 800-248-0734.





  • High school diploma or GED
  • Keyboarding speed of 35 wpm (45 wpm preferred)
  • 12th-grade spelling level
  • Print reading speed of 100 wpm with 75% comprehension
  • Excellent ZoomText or JAWS skills
  • Good independent living and travel skills
  • This program does not require a minimum Braille reading speed