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East Tennessee State University
P319 Warf-Pickel Hall | PO Box 70685
Johnson City, TN 37614
Program Contact Dawn Rowe
Phone 423-439-7171

East Tennessee State University - Clemmer College’s Access ETSU is a two-year, undergraduate, non-degree program for young adults with a documented intellectual or developmental disability who seek to enhance their academic, career development, and social skills and experiences alongside their same-age peers at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Access ETSU serves students with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities ages 18-25 who have graduated from their high school and/or exited special education services. Beyond the academic coursework, the broader curriculum for students in the ACCESS ETSU program also includes experiences designed to support their goals for integrated social experiences, employment skills, and adult living opportunities and experiences.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
  • Exited secondary school and not able to access college by meeting typical entrance criteria, but are interested in continuing to develop academic, employment, and adult living skills.

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Tuition amount: $9,143.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

<p>The ETSU undergraduate course catalog used by all ETSU students serves as the source of curriculum planning for all ACCESS ETSU participants. Students in the ACCESS ETSU program will enroll a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester of ETSU courses as they work toward completion of the 2-year ACCESS ETSU Program Certificate. Upon completion of the certificate, students will have completed at least 24 credit hours of coursework. The ACCESS ETSU Program Certificate curriculum consists of coursework already provided by East Tennessee State University and includes completion of two required courses in Educational Foundations and Special Education Program and two to three courses that fulfill their career interests as identified in the person-centered advisement plan.</p>

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

<p>Included in the required coursework are internships that are fulfilled during each of the four semesters of the program. These internships are customized for each student and are based on his/her interests, may be on or off campus, paid or non-paid and are designed to help students refine their career goals and learn employment skills needed to obtain and sustain competitive integrated employment.</p>

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: ACCESS ETSU Program Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>Students can join any club or activity that ETSU has to offer (e.g., Center for Physical Activity, Athletics, Student Union Events, Performances), The list of clubs and organizations students have access to can be found here:</p>

Last updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 16:59