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Integrated Studies (formerly Career and Life Studies)

Integrated Studies (formerly Career and Life Studies)
Millersville University
Integrated Studies (formerly Career and Life Studies)
51 Lyte Rd
Ste 426
Millersville, PA 17551-0302
Program Contact Jan Bechtel
Phone 717-871-5963

Integrated Studies, a fully inclusive program,  is a post-secondary initiative for young adults with intellectual disability who are interested in participating in an academic, vocational and social university experience, who have completed or are near completion of a high school program, and who are currently or were formerly eligible for a free appropriate public education under the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  An individual plan for college participation (vocational, academic, & residential) is developed for each student. Integrated Studies embraces the principles of access and equity to all opportunities in society and promoted the advancement of academic knowledge, social skills and career options for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This two-year or four year program allows students to access learning opportunities in three main areas: academic participation, career development and employment, and social membership  Each of these areas also help with the acquisition of specific independent living skills, in preparation for a post-school transition into a more work-focused environment. This program offers a variety of higher education experiences individualized to particular student desire and need.  Four areas of focus drive Career and Life Studies: Career, Life, Liberal arts, and Mind & Body Health. The completion requirements include auditing a minimum of four undergraduate courses per semester, as well as a specified number of vocational and other social experiences. Students spend approximately 20-30 hours per week on campus (Additional if on-campus housing is chosen). This time will be spent attending classes, gaining work experience, receiving academic tutoring and other instruction, and socializing with peers. Students follow the regular Fall/Spring semester calendar and are assessed bases on their individual plans for college participation.

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: 15
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling application
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-26
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 67%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $11,512.00
Room and board: $13,484.00
Program specific fees: $10,140.00
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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 access typical university courses that are aligned with their career and personal growth goals. Career and Life Studies students engage in a fully inclusive experience with access to all university activities an admitted student might expect.

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Integrated Studies
The credential(s) is/are: Approved by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students graduate with a portfolio demonstrating their liberal arts education.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students join typical student organizations of their choice. Each student averages approximately 2 student organizations.

Last updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:28