College of Education, Health and Human Sciences




  • Two-year nonresidential program
  • Culminates in a Postsecondary Educational Certificate from UT
  • Students receive training in academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills
  • Comprehensive Transition Program as designated by the US Department of Education
  • Most FUTURE students are eligible for financial aid, including the Tennessee STEP UP Scholarship




  • Has completed high school
  • 18 to 29 years of age
  • Is not able to enroll and/or not likely to be successful in a “regular” college or university program with accommodations
  • Is diagnosed with an intellectual disability and/or autism


Participation in the FUTURE program allows students to continue their education beyond high school and increase opportunities for employment and independence. FUTURE  is a challenging program of study for unique learners, highly motivated young adults whose “disability is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.” (AAIDD, 2011).


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