Postsecondary Programs and Services for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - The University of Texas at Austin

IDD Postsecondary Program Information

Program NAME:

E4Texas: Educate. Empower. Employ. Excel

Program WEBSITE:


Amy Sharp





E4Texas is for people who are 18 years and older and have graduated from high school, or have a GED, and want to be a Personal Care Attendant. The E4Texas experience combines classroom instruction with practical career building experiences in addition to independent living skills and self-determination. E4Texas has three goals. 1. Empower Texans to become self-determined & independent. 2. Educate Texans to gain employment skills, as well as professional and independent living skills. 3. Employ Texans in the area of Personal Care Attendants and related fields, and who will Excel in life! E4Texas is a tuition based program. Students who are current customers with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) may qualify for assistance with tuition.

Are students in High School ELIGIBLE for this program?


Types of COLLEGE COURSES taken by students in this program:

  • College courses for credit that lead to a certificate or degree
  • Continuing education courses

Options for APPLYING for admission to this program:

  • Specific application

After completing this program, students are eligible to earn the following CREDENTIALS:

Certificate as a Personal Care Attendant, CPR, and First Aid
Students with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities take classes in: Communication Attitude Teamwork Problem solving Cooperation Decision making Conflict resolution Body language Workplace professionalism Respecting colleagues Following supervisor instructions Asking for job accommodations Resume development PCA curriculum PCA skill practice Basic First Aid CPR

LENGTH OF TIME expected to complete this program:

3 semesters

SPECIAL COURSES designed for students with IDD in this program:

  • Individual instruction or tutoring
  • Life skills
  • Social skills
  • Study skills
  • Orientation to college
  • Community-based instruction
  • Independent living instruction
  • Travel training

FEES associated with this program:

Yes, but not the same as standard course fees.

SCHOLARSHIPS available for this program:


RESIDENTIAL options for on-campus living: