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Leadership & Career Studies

Leadership & Career Studies
Temple University
Leadership & Career Studies
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex 4 | Room RA 430
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Program Contact Katey Burke
Phone 215.204.3916
Website Program website

Leadership & Career Studies (L&CS) is a four-year inclusive college experience at Temple University for both young adults with intellectual disabilities and young adults who are on the autism spectrum. L&CS provides students with an authentic college experience developing academic abilities, career aspirations, and independence. L&CS students are fully included in the variety of student activities, organizations, and clubs on the vibrant, urban campus at Temple University, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leadership & Career Studies is administered by the Institute on Disabilities, Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities that is part of the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University. Students of Leadership & Career Studies are fully integrated into the fabric of campus life as Temple University students. Students enroll in undergraduate and continuing education courses while developing employment skills and exploring career options. Students participate in the wide variety of student activities, cultural events, club sports, and student organizations available to all Temple students. Prior to students beginning their experience at Temple University, an individual academic plan is developed with each student. This plan details the student’s goals and objectives in the areas of Academics, Career Development, Independent Living, and Social Connections. Each Leadership & Career Studies student is matched with a team of Temple University student mentors. Mentors support students in accessing the university’s rich resources. Current Temple students in good standing are recruited, hired, trained, and supervised by Leadership & Career Studies staff at the Institute on Disabilities to serve as effective and supportive mentors. Mentors support students as they participate in academic, recreational, and social activities. Students participate in a variety of employment experiences based on their preferences and develop the skills necessary for employment in their preferred field. All of these work opportunities are geared to support each student in obtaining competitive integrated employment consistent with the individual student’s desired employment goals. Graduates leave the program with an electronic portfolio, resume, and the skills and resources necessary to find competitive integrative employment. Upon completion of the four-year program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from the Institute on Disabilities, through the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

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: 31
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length 4 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 90.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $18356.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 100%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of completion from the Institute on Disabilities, through the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University.
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion through the College of Education and Human Development

Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 24%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events