Yes! There are over 275 college and university programs nationwide that serve students with ID. These programs offer a variety of credentials, most typically non-degree credentials such as a general certificate that can be tailored to individual students’ career goals. A growing number are offering certificates that focus on work in a particular industry.
Some programs develop their own credential based on a program of study designed to include students with ID in academic, employment, and extracurricular activities. Others may offer credentials that are available to all students at the institution of higher education, including those with ID.
The definition of a postsecondary program for students with ID that is included in the Higher Education Act includes an outline for a course of study that includes taking college courses for credit or audit with students without disabilities as a key requirement. Additionally, students must engage in internships or other work-based learning activities and independent living skills development as part of the program. Programs take a variety of approaches in addressing each of these requirements in their program’s credential.
Absolutely. Many jobs in today’s economy require postsecondary education, but this does not always mean a 4-year degree. It can also mean certificates, licenses, or industry certifications which lead to quality jobs.
What are some examples of credentials a student with ID can earn at an institution of higher education?
These are just a few examples of the certificates available to students attending a college program for students with ID. While most programs offer one certificate option, there are several that offer a variety to choose from.
• Business Office Assistant Certificate
• Certified Dietary Aide
• Early Childhood Aide Certificate
• Certificate in Career Studies
• Integrated College and Community Studies