Leadership and Integrative Studies 

Leadership and Integrative Studies is a 4-year, non-degree, inclusive post secondary initiative for young adults with an intellectual  disability.

Students enrolled in Leadership and Integrative Studies become fully immersed in the Lock Haven campus by engaging in academics, career exploration, and social activities. 

Each student enrolled in the program is supported by faculty and mentors as they develop a person-centered plan to guide their journey at Lock Haven University.

At LHU, we establish communities where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. Students will participate in an innovative curriculum that is individualized to promote involvement, belonging, and empowerment.    

We are waiting for you to participate in our high quality, inclusive post secondary college experience!



The purpose of Leadership and Integrative Studies is to provide access and support in an inclusive postsecondary education program for students with an intellectual disability at Lock Haven University.  We strive to create a community that cultivates self-determination, self-efficacy, and lifelong learning.  Our program promotes and enhances valued social roles on our campus while embedding the LDIS program into exisiting university services. 

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Program Faculty
  • Dr. Erica R. Moore, Program Coordinator 
  • Robinson Learning Center 203
  • 570-484-2430
  • erm684@lockhaven.edu

  • Dr. Kayla Mohney, Assistant Coordinator
  • Robinson Learning Center, 218
  • 570-484-2692
  • kdm1126@lockhaven.edu
Curriculum Highlights 
  • All courses offered within the LHU program array are available for enrollment.
  • Students will collaborate with the Coordinators of LDIS to create an individualized, Person Centered Plan (PCP) that allows students to create a unique and engaging program experience.
  • The LDIS curriculum consists of:
    • 42 credits in General Education
    • 18 credits Core Program #1
    • 18 credits in Core Program #2
    • 9 credits in Internships (on-campus and off-campus experiences)
  • Leadership and Integrative Studies at Lock Haven University is based on a interdisciplinary studies approach that builds upon the University's existing strengths in the area of liberal arts. An individual plan for college participation,  academic interests, employment desires, and independent living  is developed for each student. Students follow the regular fall and spring semester calendar and are assessed based on their individual plans for college participation.
  • Leadership and Integrative Studies embraces the principles of access and equity to all opportunities in society by promoting the advancement of academic knowledge, social skills and career options for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This four-year program allows students to access learning opportunities in three main areas: academic participation, career exploration and employment, and social membership. Foundational experiences in each of these areas enhance the acquisition of specific independent living skills in preparation for graduation from college and success in a work-focused environment. Leadership and Integrative Studies will offer a variety of higher education experiences individualized to particular student desire and need.


Educational Support Coaches/Peer Mentors
  • Up to 200 hours of educational coaching and mentoring support will be provided each semester to aid in academic, social, and self-determination skills.
  • LDIS students will have the opportunity to work with a peer mentor or coach for a minimum of 5 hours per week throughout each semester, more or less depending on their level of need.  *The minimum level is to maintain consistency for students; however, the 200 hours total are flexible based on students need.  All students will receive 200 hours of support each semester.  *Options for purchasing additional hours for educational coachs/mentors are available each semester. 


  • Choose Undergraduate, then Leadership and Integrative Studies

Upload the following materials:

  • Recent Psychological or Psycho-educational evaluation (within 2 years)
  • Most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • 3 letters of recommendations (ex. teachers, guidance counselor, employer)
  • Respond to 2 Personal Statement Prompts: (You may respond in written or audio/video file) 
  1. Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
  2. Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, or contribution that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? 

Application Deadline for Admissions to LDIS for AY23-24: Friday, February 3rd, 2023

Tuition and Fees
  • Students enrolled in Leadership and Integrative studies pay all the tuition and fees for Lock Haven University, including room and board (if choosing to live on campus).

Please Note: There are significant support fees in addition to Lock Haven University's tuition that are required for each student enrolled in Leadership and Integrative Studies 


Students enrolled in Leadership and Integrative Studies will pay an Educational Support Service fee of $5,200 per semester. This fee will provide 200 hours of educational support services per semester at an hourly rate of $26.00 per hour. Students may purchase additional hours throughout the semester at a rate of $26.00 per hour in blocks of one (1) hour. Hours are utilized as needed during the semester and all hours reset at the of the semester.

  • Campus housing is available for all students who attend LHU.  Please visit: https://lockhaven.edu/housing/ to learn more about options for Student and Resident Life at LHU. 

Program Highlights

  • Students will earn a university-approved, non-degree certification issued in Leadership and Integrative Studies (LDIS).  In addition, a corresponding academic transcript will be issued listing completed coursework and internships. 
  • A fully-inclusive postsecondary program based on the foundation of Think College Standards and created with the support from the PA Inclusive Higher Education Consortium (PIHEC).
  • The LDIS program offers  four-year college experiences for students with an intellectual disability (ID) to progressively develop skills related to academic interest, employment, communication, healthy living, and technology with the ultimate goal of increased self-determination, independence, and meaningful employment.
  • Students enrolled in LDIS will be active members of LHU's campus community as they will audit college courses, participate in community-based internships, attend sporting events, eat in the dining hall, and have the opportunity to live in the residence halls.


Want to Know More?

Leadership and Integrative Studies

Dr. Erica Moore, Program Coordinator 
203  Robinson Learning Center (RLC)                  Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2430

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