To ensure that students with Intellectual Disability (ID) have the opportunity to experience an inclusive postsecondary education and transition experiences by participating in on-campus academic, career development and student life activities. Through full participation in postsecondary education, students with ID will experience high quality inclusive work-based learning leading to a career pathway for integrated employment outcomes.


  • A documented intellectual disability - Diagnosis can be determined by:
    • IEP
    • Cumulative File
    • Physician's Documentation
    • Social Security Administration Files
    • Psychological or Neuropsychological Exam
    • Comprehensive Evaluation
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Documentation
  • Student with significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior
  • Aged 18-25 years old
  • Demonstrated skills in navigating community and school environments with a willingness to learn new modes of transportation
  • Demonstrated level of unsupervised independence (2-4 hours) using appropriate supports with potential to increase independence over time
  • Desire to gain skills in:
    • Ongoing academic and adult learning
    • Career development and employment
    • Self-determination
    • Adult roles and responsibilities
  • Established competence and responsibility for medications and self-care, with appropriate supports
  • Past experience with work-based learning (e.g., in-school, volunteering, and/or paid employment)
  • Desire for obtaining integrated employment upon completion of the KU-TPE program

Program Components


  • KU undergraduate required and elective classes (up to 2 Non-Degree Undergraduate courses per semester) leading to a certificate of completion

Work Experiences

  • On-campus career development and career planning experiences
  • On- and off-campus integrated paid employment

Student Supports

  • In-class peer supports
  • Tutoring services (formal and informal)
  • Individualized adaptations and modifications for coursework
  • Career and academic advisement

Community Resources

  • Family support
  • District partners
  • Community engagement
  • Adult agencies and organizations

Student Life

  • Student organizations and activities
  • Recreational activities
  • Community service opportunities
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Range of adult roles and responsibilities and independent living

Anticipated Outcomes

  • Certificate of completion
  • Portfolio of academic, career development and work-based learning focused on a career pathway for integrated paid employment
  • Increased competence in:
    • Career development and employment
    • Self-determination and leadership
    • Academic knowledge and skills
    • Personal, social and leadership development
    • Community participation and engagement
    • Financial literacy and adult responsibilities

Estimated Tuition and Fees

(Based on 3-6 credit hours. Tuition rates subject to change.)

Estimated $1,200 - $2,300 / semester

*As per federal grant priorities KU-TPE funds will not pay for tuition or fees for students



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