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Developmental Education

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: all programming for Spring and Summer 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).


Summer 2021 Courses 

Daily Communication
This course reviews basic concepts of communication to develop positive verbal and non-verbal skills and
gain confidence in speaking to others through role-playing activities. Topics include beginning and ending a
conversation, asking pertinent questions and appropriately participating in a conversation.

Tuesday and Thursday, July 6 to Aug. 5
9 to 10:30 a.m.
LEISR-0070-015, $199
Virtual Classroom

Life Skills
Discover and work with tools to better understand and enjoy life. Topics include communication skills, time
management, decision making, setting expectations, careers and goal setting.

Monday and Wednesday, July 12 to Aug. 11
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-010, $199
Virtual Classroom

Personal Awareness
This course is divided into two sections. The first five sessions focus on exploring personal values and goals, and on developing emotional management skills; the second five sessions cover personal safety and include topics such as staying safe in public and at home, internet safety, identity theft and making healthy decisions.

Tuesday and Thursday, July 6  Aug. 5
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-020, $199
Virtual Classroom

Living on Your Own
What does it really take to live out on your own? Explore choosing a place to live that suits your needs. Learn about household finances, banking and paying for rent and utilities. Envision the perfect furnishings that will help you make your home safe and comfortable.

Tuesday and Thursday, July 6 to Aug. 5
1 to 2:30 p.m.
LEISR-00700-025, $199
Virtual Classroom

Introduction to Improv
Are you a young adult with an intellectual or developmental disability who has always wanted to act?
This one-day, two-hour workshop provides you with skills to boost your confidence and helps you explore acting as a fun outlet for your creativity!

Friday, June 18 
9 to 11 a.m.
LEISR-0070-035, $39
Virtual Classroom

Computer Skills
This course provides an introduction to computer technology and word processing. Instruction covers the
basic parts of a computer, internet usage, emailing and Microsoft applications.

Tuesday and Thursday, May 25 to July 15
1 to 3 p.m.
VOCSK-0021-001, $299
Virtual Classroom

Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Learn about various vegetables that you can grow in your outdoor garden, planters and other containers.

Tuesday and Thursday, May 25 to July 15
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
VOCSK-0021-003, $149
Virtual Classroom

Keyboarding Skills
This course introduces computer keyboard and typing skills. Topics include how to touch type alphabetic and
special characters.

Tuesday and Thursdays, May 25 to July 15
9 to 11 a.m.
VOCSK-0021-004, $299
Virtual Classroom

Vocational Skills

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.

Reach Out

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 – Career Opportunity ACHievement

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.

Contact Information

Tracy Kline, Program Coordinator
(630) 942-3779
Email: klinet940@cod.edu

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785