Program Descriptions

The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program (IHECP) provides an inclusive, on-campus college education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who do not meet university admission requirements. The IHECP offers two pathways to postsecondary education: College Preparation and the Inclusive Education Certificate Program.

College Preparation courses are taught on the downtown Denver Auraria campus. IHECP instructors guide students through modified college-level coursework in learning and study strategies, self-advocacy on campus, in the workplace, personal finance, and one student-specific course in a student’s area of interest. Student-specific courses have included: Public Speaking, Food and Beverage Management, The Organized Teacher, Foundations of Teaching, Early Childhood Development, Anatomy, Sports Fitness, and Unified Sports Coaching Certification.  Exploring Filmmaking: From Script to Screen has been added for the 2016 spring semester.

All College Preparation courses are modified from college-level coursework and “flipped,” meaning that courses consist of video lectures and learning materials that can be watched as homework while class time is used to discuss and apply learning rather than lecture.

College Preparation, also known as Boot Camp, supports students as they transition from K-12 programming to independent learning. Students learn how to: navigate the campus safely and independently, participate in college-level coursework, self-advocate for accommodations and modifications to coursework, use public transportation, study independently, increase digital literacy and use technology to support their independent learning. College Preparation classes meet two days per-week for six hours a day to give students an authentic, college-level academic, social, and independent experience with IHECP support. Unless a student can document successful completion of college-level coursework on a community college or university campus, students looking to participate in the Inclusive Education Certificate Program must successfully complete at least one semester of College Preparation.

Inclusive Education Certificate Program (IECP) supports students taking college coursework as non-degree seeking audit students. Students in the IECP take up to three courses per semester and follow a prescribed course of study in order to earn a certificate in their field of interest. IHECP staff collaborates with the university, businesses, and community service agencies to build a course of study through academics and internships which culminates in a two-year certificate recognized by potential employers. The IHECP has two certificates in progress: Hospitality, Tourism and Events and Early Childhood Education. We anticipate adding more as student interest indicates.

IHECP staff are on campus 32 hours per-week to support students in academic, learning support and social activities on campus. IHECP staff modify audit students’ learning outcomes, assignments and assessments so that each student’s in-class learning experience is individualized and meaningful. IHECP staff includes student mentors who serve as study and social partners. IHECP students use typical on-campus learning supports including tutoring, writing centers, computer labs, and career services as well as participate in individualized learning and study sessions with staff and peers.