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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

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/or autism to prepare them for integrated and competitive employment opportunities in their community. Co-Op program students will have full access to UIC student centers, campus organizations, and health facilities. Enrolled Co-Op students will be supported by course instructors and peer mentors, a dedicated academic advisor and career coach, and disability accommodations.

The Co-Op program will be housed in UIC’s Department on Disability and Human Development. 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. Required Co-Op classes about building capacity and skills and career pathways will be cross listed with other Disability Studies elective classes so students can learn together. Co-Op students are able to choose other electives from UIC’s larger course list and can audit any undergraduate classes of interest.

Students will build a minimum of 60 hours of class and 10-20 hours/week of internship and work experience over the two-year program. These work experiences lead towards their final semester capstone, where they will participate in a competitive job placement that could lead to employment after graduation.

Program information submitted: October 26, 2021

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
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Description of our summer transition program:
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Work Study
We offer the following specialized credentials:

While all students will receive a Co-Operative Career Experience certificate, students do have an option to choose a “specialty track” based on the academic electives they are interested in taking. For example, students could specialize in Arts and Culture or Entrepreneurship; however, these specialties are not represented by a different certificate.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%