The state-funded Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initative (MAICEI) funds partnerships between local school districts and two- and four-year public colleges and universities in Massachusetts. The term “Concurrent Enrollment” means that participating students are still eligible for special education services, even though they have finished four years of high school. So, they are concurrently enrolled in college while still being eligible for special education services.
Student participants in MAICEI develop career-planning and employment skills, self-advocacy skills, and new life skills that will assist students in their post-secondary interests and activities. For example, students participate in:
Students with intellectual disabilities (ID), who, until recently, had few opportunities to continue their education beyond high school, are now pursuing college. This is possible because of expanding ideas about how postsecondary education can benefit a wide range of students. Supported Education is grounded in three principles:
Students with ID need to be given the chance to experience adult learning while we are still in the position of providing support and guidance. Download the Think College Standards for inclusive higher education for more information.
As the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative moves towards its eleventh anniversary, the number of participating partnerships has expanded to 15, serving over 250 students per year. The Department of Higher Education is pleased to support students with intellectual disabilities as they participate in both credit and non-credit courses alongside their non-disabled peers; develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills; improve academic, social, and functional skills; and participate in career planning, vocational skill-building activities, and community-based integrated competitive employment opportunities.