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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
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Program Contact Rachel Heinz
Phone 417-836-5282

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.

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
Deadline to apply to this program: March 4
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program: No details provided.
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
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Bear POWER Certificate
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Last updated: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 16:28