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Eagle Academy

Eagle Academy
Georgia Southern University
Eagle Academy
PO Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460-8134
Program Contact Karen Phipps
Phone (912) 478-8842

EAGLE Academy (Equal Access to Gainful Learning and Employment) at Georgia Southern University is an inclusive, 48-credit-hour certificate program for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. It is currently designed as the final two years of a four-year program. EAGLE Academy offers students a combination of University courses in one of our seven colleges, specialized Academy courses focused on life, social, career development skills, and hands-on internships. The goal of EAGLE Academy is to support students to live independently and find a rewarding career.  The program offers 3 pathways.  Students completing the Career Diploma Pathway will earn a Certificate of Completion. Students who are enrolling in the Traditional Academic Pathway will work towards an Associate’s Degree. All students in the program will have the opportunity to earn Industry Based Credentials.

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: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2017-2018
Deadline to apply to this program: April 15th
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18+
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 0%
Tuition amount: $3,178.04
Room and board: $4,905.00
Program specific fees: $5,000.00
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
Scholarships available:

At this time, a foundation account exists to provide scholarship funds as available based on contributions made to the account. This is handled through discussion with staff.

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 are able to access courses from the Georgia Southern University catalogue in areas of interest to them to prepare them for a rewarding career.

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

Students are enrolled in a catalogued course that teaches life skills (cooking, etc.), financial literacy skills, college preparedness skills (time management, use of a planner), social skills, and career skills.


Classroom/academic 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: To be determined
The credential(s) is/are: Approved by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

All students have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion from the program. 

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students are involved in bowling, basketball, and religious organizations. They have also volunteered with the local special olympics.

Last updated: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:43