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EXCEL Certificate Program

EXCEL Certificate Program
Bridgewater State University
EXCEL Certificate Program
66 Hooper Street
Bridgewater, MA 2325
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Program Contact Tina Raeke
Phone 508-531-2109

The EXCEL (Extraordinary Expectations for Career Education and Life) Certificate Program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) is a fully inclusive postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. EXCEL Certificate in a non-credit, two-year certificate program offered through BSU's College of Continuing Studies. Students in the EXCEL Certificate program receive a BSU endorsed certificate once completing the two-year program plan of study.  EXCEL Certificate applicants may apply as a commuter or residence life student.

Program information submitted: March 15, 2021

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: 2
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Applications are due mid December for the following academic year
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Due to an increase in applicants we are projecting a 78% acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 academic year

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $5650.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $8700.00
Room and board: $12350.00
Program fees: $20000.00
Additional costs:

Books and supplies - average of $1,000 per year Transportation and personal expenses - average of $3,100 per year

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students may register for any course offered by BSU, as long as they meet the required prerequisites. Students are expected to fully engage and participate in all course requirements and skill performance standards to the best of their ability. Students receive support from an Education Coach inside and outside of the classroom.

Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: BSU Endorsed - EXCEL Certificate Program
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
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: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students engage in a variety of activities which help develop employability skills including; developing their own career portfolios, job exploration, career assessments, interviewing skills, and advising from BSU Career Services.

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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

BSU band, Irish Steppers Club, Children's Physical Developmental Clinic, Film Viewer's Club, BSU Best Buddies, Residence Hall Association, Program Council, Students Accepting a Challenge, Bingo nights, Comedy shows, Open Mic nights, BSU Theater events, BSU Athletic events, Midnight Madness events during finals, Relay for Life, Homecoming weekend....and much more!