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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.   

Continuing Education Summer 2022 Course Offerings


Summer 2022 Courses

Everyday Math
This class teaches students how to apply basic math skills to situations that everyone encounters on a daily basis. Concepts related to money, time, recipes, and much more are covered!  

Monday and Wednesday, July 11 to August 10
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-075, $199
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Let’s Get Crafting
This course provides an introduction to the art of loom knitting, crocheting and a variety of other craft projects. Students will learn the basics of knitting, including the knit and pearl stitches, cast-on, and bind-off styles. Students will also learn how to read basic knitting patterns. A supply list will be sent prior to the class.

Monday and Wednesday, July 11 to August 10
9 to 10:30 a.m.
LEISR-0070-030, $199
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Living on Your Own
This course will be divided into three main sections. First, students will explore the steps needed to choose a place to live.Secondly, students will discuss finances, including understanding utilities, rent and banking. Lastly, students will explore the steps involved in furnishing a home.

Tuesday and Thursday, July 5 to August 4
1 to 2:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-025, $199
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

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 5 to August 4
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-020, $199
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Practical Health
This class will discuss practical health information needed to navigate the adult world.  We will also discuss various social and real-life scenarios that adults often deal with on a daily basis.  The class will be divided into six sections: body awareness, medicine, first aid, nutrition, social awareness, and other practical matters.  

Tuesday and Thursday, July 5 to August 4
9 to 10:30 a.m.
LEISR-0070-040, $199
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

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
Email: ce@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785