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The UIC Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience

The UIC Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience
University of Illinois at Chicago
The UIC Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
Program Contact Kaitlin Stober
Phone 312-413-4102
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The UIC Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience (Co-Op program) is a two-year, full-time program designed for students with intellectual disabilities and autism to prepare them for integrated and competitive employment opportunities in their community. This certificate is called the Co-Op Program because it uses Co-Operative Education methods. This means students learn through academic work in their classes and through practical work placements in the community. This combination prepares Co-Op students to pursue careers after certificate completion. The Co-Operative Career Experience is a degree granting program. The pre-baccalaureate certificate is awarded by the Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD). The program requires a total of 36 credit hours. Full time students take a minimum of 9 credit hours (3 courses) per term over four terms (2 years). Students may request the option to take fewer credit hours per term as a part-time student. The 36 required credit hours are made up of 4 required courses (12 credits), 4 elective courses (12 credits), and 4 career “courses,” which include work placements (12 credits). Co-Op students are encouraged to choose a Focus Area. Students will explore their Focus Area through elective coursework, related work placements, and mentorship from faculty. The Co-Op Program currently has three focus areas: 1) Arts and Culture, 2) Social Justice, Policy, and Leadership, and 3) Health and Care across the Lifespan. This certificate program is designed so all coursework is inclusive, which means all required and elective classes will include UIC students with and without intellectual disabilities. In addition to UIC Campus Supports like the Disability Resource Center, the Co-Op program has a dedicated team that provides individualized support and resources. These include a full-time Academic Advisor, an Academic Coach, and a Career Coach.

Program information submitted: March 28, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length 2 years
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for credit
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
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
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes