Cutting Edge Students and faculty posing for a photo.


The Cutting Edge Program recognizes that there are different pathways through college and provides an individually designed plan for each student. Students and their families meet with Cutting Edge staff at least twice per year to develop their Individualized College Plan, which includes the benchmarks to reach their overall goal.

There are two paths for students to choose. Both paths support them in becoming independent and contributing members of their community:

Pathway 1: Non-Degree (2-4 years)

This non-degree certificate is customizable for each student. With this certificate, students typically have the freedom and flexibility to choose the classes they take and whether they will take that class for credit or audit*.

After completion of their Individualized College Plan, students receive a customizable Cutting Edge certificate that further develops their strengths and talents, therefore making them more marketable in the workplace. With this certificate, former students have created their own businesses and/or worked in the community in a variety of settings.

There are two non-degree Career Certificates recognized by Edgewood College: the Paraprofessional Educator Certificate and the 21st Century Skills for Employment Certificate. Students following this pathway must take courses in those areas for credit, but are able to take other courses for credit or audit*.

Students who are earning the Paraprofessional Educator Certificate complete practicums, and later work in the school setting. Students who are earning the 21st Century Skills for Employment participate in internships, and later work in the business setting.

Pathway 2: Degree-Seeking (4-6 years)

Students seeking a Bachelor’s Degree must be admitted through the general admissions process at Edgewood College and the Cutting Edge Program in order to receive services from Cutting Edge. Students are required to meet all aspects of the undergraduate degree, which is typically 120 credits. All courses must be taken for credit.

Inclusive Academic Courses

Cutting Edge students have access to the same courses as undergraduate students. Courses that students are enrolled in are chosen based on individual student goals and input from family and Cutting Edge staff. The student’s team then develops an Individualized College Plan that specifies a series of courses to meet the needs of their chosen pathway.

Cutting Edge Courses

New Cutting Edge students take courses that assist in the transition to college, specifically addressing social aspects of college. These courses include:
  • ED 91 Safety in the Community

    Students learn about personal safety, navigation in the community, self-advocacy, self-defense in uncomfortable situations, and emergency response.
  • ED 92 Interpersonal Relationships

    Students learn about support systems, appropriate social proximity, navigation of social situations, relationship building, and exploration of their role in our diverse world.
All Cutting Edge students take courses each semester that are aimed at improving their academic, professional, and social skills. These courses include:
  • ED 90 Skills for Success/ED 112 College Success

    Students work on reading, writing, and study skills using specific strategies and assistive technology.
  • ED 093 Cutting Edge Internship - Section A (Fall)

  • Internship Development - Section B (Spring)

  • Internship Application: While taking this course, students participate in an on or off campus paid internship. Students develop their professional skills through writing a resume and cover letter, creating a portfolio, and practicing interview skills.



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