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Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment

Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment
Rhode Island College
Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Program Contact Claire Rosenbaum
Phone 401-456-4732

The Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUS) in College and Career Attainment at Rhode Island College offers students with intellectual disability (ID) the opportunity to self-direct academic coursework and internships to enhance their skills and knowledge critical to a variety of career choices. The CUS includes internships extending student knowledge and skills across four vocational internship experiences. The CUS is designed to include students with ID who are still eligible for special education through their local school district and students who have already graduated from high school. The Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment has been approval by Rhode Island College.

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 10
Description of our summer transition program:

Students who have been accepted into the program attend Summer semester and take the class DIS 100: Self Advocacy in College and Beyond.

Deadline to apply to this program: March 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18+
  • Students must be at least 18 years old and have either received their high school diploma, certificate of completion, or completed 4 years of high school.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program: Tuition, fees, room and board can be obtained from the RIC website ( Students interested in housing would incur an additional cost. Students are responsible for their own transportation to/from internships and the college.
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
  • 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:

Students take 1-4 credits of typical college courses each semester, and can take those courses for audit or credit.

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

1 course per semester that is for program students only. Full list of courses is on the program's website.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College and Career Attainment
The credential(s) is/are: Approved by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 66%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 66%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

No. The program does allow students to choose electives in their field of interest.

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: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Many students have joined student groups such as Advocacy and Beyond Club, in addition to using the Recreational Center and many other on-campus social activities

Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:24