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University of St. Thomas offers a degree for students with learning differences

The University of St. Thomas offers a two-year program designed specifically for students who have learning differences that may interfere with academic success in a traditional collegiate setting.

Dr. Tera Torres, founder of the Associate of Applied Science in Pragmatic Studies program, joined KPRC 2 News Today at 10 alongside a current student, Nick Nilson, to talk about the program. You can watch the entire interview above.

You can learn more about the program on their website.

What’s the degree plan?

According to their website, using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as an instructional modality, students in this program will spend 12-15 hours per week in the classroom with a cohort of 12-15 students, which allows for more personalized instruction.

The Associate of Applied Science in Pragmatic Studies prepares and influences socially responsible citizens who will transform and sustain communities. Graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet postsecondary goals and increase employment outcomes. Graduates will also demonstrate that learning differences will no longer be an obstacle for success.



According to their website, admission to the program requires high school completion and a current full and individual psychoeducational evaluation (FIE) that indicates an IQ within 2 standard deviations of the mean of standard scores.

Applicants must show reading, writing, and math levels at a fourth-grade level or better (using standardized assessment tools). They also need one recommendation letter from a non-family member who has direct knowledge of the applicant’s academic skills and community citizenship.

An interview between the program faculty/staff and the student applicant is also required for admission.

Information from all data sources (FIE, recommendation letter, interview, and high school transcript verifying completion) are used for admissions decisions and for educational planning purposes.

How much does it cost?

Tuition for this program is $393 per credit hour.

While scholarships are not offered for this program, federal and state financial aid may be available for those who qualify. Learn more about FAFSA and TASFA.

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