Young adults with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities who
can independently and safely find their way to classes can continue their education
through College of DuPage's Developmental Education Program. If you are a student
in a high school transition program or have completed a transition program and are
ready to explore post-secondary resources, please review some of the exciting options
that are available.
Our courses will help students continue to increase academic and employment skills and improve overall communication and independence abilities. Once enrolled a Literacy, Reach Out, or Vocational Skills course, students must complete Developmental Education Information and Code of Conduct forms in order to assist staff with providing appropriate instructional experiences. Please note that no COD-sponsored transportation is provided for these classes.
Please note: Due to a variety of factors, only a few of our Developmental Education classes will be offered online for spring 2021. Please check under each program for course availability.
Vocational Skills courses are developmental-level, non-credit courses designed to develop workplace skills that can lead to competitive, entry-level employment and enhance everyday living skills. Most courses meet two days a week, two hours a day for eight weeks on campus in Glen Ellyn. The students are integrated into the College of DuPage campus life by being supported through the student services that are afforded to all COD students.
For students interested in building fundamental reading and writing skills, we offer Literacy classes. In a small group setting based on ability level, students develop reading and writing skills and have the opportunity to advance through the curriculum at their own pace.
Aimed at building life skills, Reach Out courses help students develop independence and self-advocacy abilities. Topics covered include living independently, communication skills, current events, managing money, nutrition and health, decision making and goal setting.
COACH is a two-year (four-term), cohort program for adults with mild intellectual or developmental disabilities. COACH has been developed to provide post-transition students with additional educational training aimed at preparing them for meaningful employment.
Please see the following for additional resources for adults with disabilities.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785