Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Be able to advocate for their disability needs effectively.
  • Be able to apply academic knowledge and social proficiencies in a work-based setting.
  • Be able to create networks with peers and others.
  • Be able to identify possible careers that would match personality type, strengths, interest, skills, and/or values.

The Propel Program is a comprehensive college experience for young adults with intellectual developmental disabilities. Students enrolled in Propel attend UMKC for two years, full-time (12 credit hours/semester; fall and spring semesters) and participate in college courses with students without intellectual disabilities 60% to 70% of the time. The curriculum focuses on the following domains: academic learning; work-based learning and career exploration; social learning; independent living skills; and self-determination. In addition to full-time coursework, students will also have the option of participating in other student activities such as student organizations and service-learning/community engagement. Propel Undergraduate Certificate is housed in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology. Propel is supported through a grant from the Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education to build a model comprehensive transition program for college students with intellectual developmental disabilities.

Program Requirements

Required Courses24
College Study Skills and Resources
Developing a Person-Centered Life Plan
Communication Skills for Networking, Employment, and Friendship
Personal Finance and Disability Services
Developing a Career
Transition Skills
Accessible, Inclusive Internships
Leadership and Disabilities
Psychology Electives
Psychology of Communicating Your Lived Experience
Disability Civil Rights Movements
Disability History and Culture
Propel students take a variety of elective courses on campus offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and other Schools and Departments. Fifteen courses Propel students frequently enroll in are:
Introduction To Photography
Foundation Drawing
Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening
Popular Literature
Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Physics of Sports
How Things Work
How Things Work Laboratory
Sociology: An Introduction
Total Credits48

To complete the program, the Propel student needs to finish required Propel certificate courses with a 2.0 GPA or better. Elective courses may be taken pass/fail. 

Students who successfully completed the Propel undergraduate certificate may apply to be a UMKC bachelor's degree-seeking
student by following the steps below.

  1. Inform the Propel Program and identify a transition plan for the spring semester of year two.
  2. Successfully complete all of the requirements for earning the Leadership, Employment, and Community Engagement Certificate.
  3. Meet with a UMKC advisor in the area of study to have Propel coursework evaluated that will be applicable to an undergraduate degree program.
  4. Apply to UMKC as a degree-seeking student, noting successful completion of Propel.
  5. The application decision will be made by UMKC's Office of Admissions.

Students admitted to Propel who feel they do not need the Propel student support structures may apply to become a bachelor's
degree-seeking student by completing an appeal to the Director of Admissions.