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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
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Program Contact Caleb Hatz
Phone 417-836-5282
Website Program website

Missouri State Bear POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Work, Education and Resilience) is an inclusive college program for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Bear POWER is a two and a half year (five semester) residential program that provides the opportunity for students to continue their education beyond high school. Note that accepted students start in January of each year. All students choose an "area of concentration" that they wish to study and will attend inclusive classes alongside their peers with modified academic coursework. Ambassadors are Missouri State student volunteers who provide support and integration to Bear POWER students within academic and social settings. A variety of internship based experiences will also be included within the Bear POWER program. Upon completing the program, students will earn a certificate and walk in the graduation ceremony alongside their peers.

Program information submitted: February 17, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 10
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: Dec 1
Criteria for admission
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 75.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $1524.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $2796.00
Room and board: $4179.00
Program fees: $4035.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Books & Supplies $625
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: Attached is a link to potential scholarships:
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Bear POWER Students are able to choose their area of study based off of career goals and interests.
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Information on special classes: Bear POWER students are all together for Academic Support and Internship seminar.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 100%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Bear POWER Certificate. Their area of study is listed on on the certificate.
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 88%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities