1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
|Program Contact||Kaitlin Stober|
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.
|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:|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||2 years|
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|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:||
|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 time spent only with other students in this program:||Less than 25%|