Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

RISE (Reaching, Including, Supporting and Educating) to the Top! Certificate


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The RISE (Reaching, Including, Supporting and Educating) to the Top! Certificate is an inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities.  This program provides students a 4-year, 8-semester non-degree experience that incorporates academic enrichment, integrated work experiences, personal and social skill development, independent living skill development and participation in social/leisure activities. 

Availability: Hattiesburg Campus

Admission Requirements: 

Academic Policies and Requirements for Certificates:

Hours to Certificate: 10-24 hours

Certificate Curriculum:


  • Students will take one course each semester for a total of 8 courses (1-3 hours each),
  • Courses may be taken for a grade or audited, but a minimum of two courses (4-6 hours total) should be taken for a grade

Required courses (4-6 hours)


These courses may be graded or audited.

Electives (6-18 hours)


Select courses (1-3 hrs) with the approval of advisor.

Co-curricular Requirements:


In addition to the course requirements, students will complete the following:

  • 8 peer mentoring experiences (one each semester)
  • 5 internship experiences
  • 40 hours of service (a minimum of 4 hours each semester)

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