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TerpsEXCEED (EXperiencing College through Education and Employment Discovery)

TerpsEXCEED (EXperiencing College through Education and Employment Discovery)
University of Maryland, College Park
TerpsEXCEED (EXperiencing College through Education and Employment Discovery)
College of Education, Benjamin Building, 3942 Campus Drive, Room 1238
College Park, MD 20742
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Program Contact Amy Dwyre D'Agati
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TerpsEXCEED is a 2-year certificate program at the University of Maryland College Park for students with intellectual disabilities who would not be able to apply and attend UMCP through a traditional pathway. This is a nondegree program that culminates in a UMD certificate which includes a transcript of all students’ academic coursework (audit and P/F allowed) that is aligned with students’ career interests. In addition, students will participate in career development activities, work experiences, internships and paid jobs.

TerpsEXCEED students will be UMD students, like typical incoming freshman – with student IDs and email accounts, access to UMD facilities, activities, and student organizations, and the choice to live on campus in dorms. Extra supports will be provided by TerpsEXCEED staff and a network of trained student Peer Mentors.
Who is TerpsEXCEED for?
The student who will benefit the most from TerpsEXCEED exhibits the following characteristics:
• Age: 18-26 at start of program, with an intellectual disability
• Willing to and capable of attending and completing UMD academic coursework (at audit level at least)
• Has work experience
• Has experience with or shows ability for independence living
• Can manage time and activities without one-on-one support (this program does not offer 24/7 assistance)
• Has access to and knows how to use a cell phone to communicate
• Wants to attend a large university (UMCP has roughly 40,000 students) and exhibits appropriate behavior for a college campus setting (all students will be held to the UMD Student Code of Conduct:
• Enjoys engaging in social activities and has interest in joining student organizations
• Meets additional eligibility criteria (see top of Application)

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
Number of students: 6
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 35.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: We are very new and the only program in Maryland for students who have exited secondary education
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $12000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $20000.00
Room and board: $15000.00
Program fees: $7500.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: University of Maryland TerpsEXCEED Scholarship; scholarship application included with the general TerpsEXCEED application
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 typically audit undergraduate courses, but in some circumstances may take for regular credit. They choose undergraduate courses related to their career interests, to create a Course of Study.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Every major or program has an introductory course for their students during the fall semester of their freshman year. TerpsEXCEED has a College Success course during that semester.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
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: TerpsEXCEED Certificate, through the UMD Office of Extended Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
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
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students take an internship course through the Career Center each semester; they participate in on campus internships 3 semesters, with a goal of graduating with a paid job that matches their course of 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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation