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The GLOBAL Program

Inclusive College Certificate

Regis University’s GLOBAL Inclusive College Certificate is an inclusive higher education program that provides a collegiate experience for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The academic course work and career exploration prepare these students for employment and independent living with the overall goal of self-sufficiency in adulthood. As the only Jesuit Catholic IDD program in the country, the GLOBAL Program fosters the inherent dignity and autonomy of all students. It is open to students of any or no faith tradition. The GLOBAL program is made possible by the support of The GLOBAL Down Syndrome Foundation and the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation.

Students must have a diagnosed intellectual developmental disability to be considered for GLOBAL. Applicants do not apply to Regis using traditional application procedures. Learn how to apply for GLOBAL. Once in the program, students complete 12-33 credit hours using a combination of modifications and accommodations. Upon successful completion, students are awarded a Credential of Completion at the University’s annual commencement ceremonies.

Program Overview

The GLOBAL Program will have three scaffolded levels of programming that students can choose from depending on their need and interest.

Each student in the program will have their own peer mentor or mentors, depending on their program, who will work with them for up to 10 hours per week. The peer mentors are specially trained undergraduate students from outside of the GLOBAL Program. Peer mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee.

Peer mentors model behavior, focus on the positive, identify opportunities for connection, create learning experiences, and generally encourage their mentees. Specifically, mentors will accompany their mentees to courses, meet weekly with them individually, cultivate academic/life skills, accompany them to program/campus life events, and consistently work to integrate their mentees into the campus community.



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Program Snapshot

Our academic program provides flexible and scaffolded options.


Students will have the opportunity to develop their career awareness.

Career Development

Students will participate across all areas of college life.

Living on Campus

How to Apply

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The application will include a student application, a parent application, student living questionnaire, academic/professional references, high school transcript, and IEP. The main criteria for acceptance will be (a) having a cognitive and/or developmental disability that would require accommodation under IDEA, and (b) the ability and enthusiasm, with appropriate accommodation/support, to do college-level work.

We have flexibility and will work with students to create a schedule that meets their academic and social emotional needs.

Fall Semester
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9a.m. First-Year Seminar (9:30 start) First-Year Seminar (9:30 start)
10a.m. First-Year Seminar (10:45 stop) First-Year Seminar (10:45 stop)
11a.m. Tutoring Tutoring
Noon Lunch with Peer-Mentor Lunch with Peer-Mentor 
1p.m. Academic Success Coach Academic Success Coach
2p.m. Introduction to Philosophy Introduction to Philosophy
3p.m. Introduction to Philosophy (3:15 stop) Introduction to Philosophy (3:15 stop)
4p.m. Campus Life Event Campus Life Event

The exact pre-professional and academic coursework is being developed now. There will be a first-year seminar that focuses on basic college/life skills, and incorporate Religious Studies, Philosophy, and integrative courses that are the distinguishing features of Regis’s Jesuit Catholic core curriculum.

The Program Director will recruit and train faculty interested in teaching courses that are open to students both in and out of the program. Training would emphasize the importance of inclusive teaching practices with this student population. Some of these courses may need to be modified for students in the program and this would be noted on the transcript. In such cases, students may be evaluated differently than the other students in the integrated course. This is common in other programs that offer integrated courses. We would also place a greater emphasis on active learning (rather than lecture) with the GLOBAL students.

The GLOBAL program requires students to have a documented intellectual or developmental disability along with a current psychoeducational evaluation to be uploaded with the application as documentation of a student's disability, academic level, and social skills. For more information about what qualifies as an intellectual or developmental disability, please American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities website.

If you have a learning disability and only require accommodations, regular admission to Regis University may be a better option for you. Please visit Regis’ Student Disability Services to learn about available support services.

GLOBAL students must be 18 years old by August 1 of the academic year in which they are applying.

The GLOBAL program is a self-determined program. Decisions made at the college level require students to be their own guardian. Being a college student requires accountability, responsibility, and self-determination development. This is a crucial step to ensuring true independence upon graduation. Please visit Ability Connection Colorado to find out more about guardianship and Proxy-Decision Makers for Medical Treatment in Colorado.

Students must have a high school diploma or certificate of completion upon graduation from high school or transition program.

The GLOBAL program does not provide 24/7 supervision of students and offers limited structure on the weekends. Students must be able to handle longer periods of free time, be able to wake themselves up in the morning and get ready for class by themselves, and take care of personal care.

We want to create an environment in which all of our students can learn and thrive.

Students must not have any history of behavioral issues and/or disruptions. These behaviors include but are not limited to: frequent class disruptions, aggressiveness, defiance, dishonesty, running away, self-injurious behaviors, promiscuousness, stealing, etc.

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GLOBAL Inclusive College Certificate Program

David Clarke Hall
Room 468

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.