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Providing Exceptional Education and Raising Standards (PEERS) Program

Providing Exceptional Education and Raising Standards (PEERS) Program
Boise State University
Providing Exceptional Education and Raising Standards (PEERS) Program
1910 University Drive
Education Building Room 204
Boise, ID 83725
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Program Contact Jeremy Ford
Program Contact Email
Phone 2084263544
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The Community and Career Readiness Studies (CCRS) Certificate is earned by students participating in the Providing Exceptional Education and Raising Standards (PEERS) Program. The PEERS Program is an inclusive, two year postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Boise State University. Students in the PEERS Program are enrolled in Boise State University coursework, taking PEERS specific courses pass/fail for college credit, as well as Boise State University courses for credit or as audit (depending on individual student goals). The CCRS Certificate is approved by Boise State University and the Idaho State Board of Education. The PEERS Program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Comprehensive Transition Program.

Program information submitted: January 11, 2023

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 11
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Feb 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Some work experience, personal statement, reference letters (2), interview

Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Learning disabilities, Sensory disabilities, ADHD, Physical disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 50.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 80.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $6599.52
Additional costs: $0.00

books, specific course fees for electives, etc.

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
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Students in the PEERS Program are eligible to apply for university scholarships, including the Mers Family Scholarship for students with disabilities.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students complete four elective courses (usually at the 100 level, sometimes at the 200 level) during their four semesters. In addition, in their second semester, students complete a University Foundations (UF) 100 course that is required of all students attending Boise State. Students' UF 100 course is taken for credit and must be passed with a C or better. Electives may be taken for credit or as audit depending on the student's goals.

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

In their first semester, students enroll in two program specific courses. In ESP 100, students begin to develop a personal academic plan for meeting their individualized goals in the PEERS Program. In ESP 120, students explore and identify career interests and skills while planning for future job experiences in the program. ESP 121, 122, and 123 are job experiences in inclusive settings for a minimum of six hours per week during students second, third, and fourth semesters. Job sites may be on or off campus and work may be paid or unpaid. ESP 130 is a capstone course. Students design and develop an e-portfolio to share with future employers and reflect on their learning and growth in the PEERS Program.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Community and Career Readiness Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Students can, potentially, earn any undergraduate certificate less than 12 credits (most are) at the university depending on the electives they choose.

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation