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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.   


Spring 2022 Courses

Feed Your Need to Read!
This literacy-based class focuses on improving reading comprehension skills in order to unlock
more of each student’s learning potential. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 1 to April 14
(no class March 29 and 31)
5 to 5:50 p.m.
LEISR-0070-400, $225
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 1 to April 14
(no class March 29 and 31)
6 to 6:50 p.m.
LEISR-0070-401, $225
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Money Management

Students gain a basic understanding of ways to manage money, including topics such as cash, ATMs, credit and debit cards, shopping, budgeting,pricing and avoiding debt.

Tuesday, Feb. 1 to April 12 (no class March 29)
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-050, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Survival Reading
This class focuses on numerous types of reading that must be done to live in a modern society.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 to April 13
(no class March 30)
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-035, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Child Care and Development
This course provides a basic understanding of ways to manage child care and development. 

Thursday, Feb. 3 to April 14 (no class March 31)
1 to 2:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-055, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Basic Civics
This class focuses on the basic concepts associated with local, state and federal governments. 

Monday, Feb. 7 to April 18 (no class March 28)
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-030, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Introduction to Art—New!
Create a variety of hands-on, design-based studio art projects that explore different art media, while
celebrating the masterpieces of art history! This is an online class. All enrollees must have access to
computer and internet service that is compatible with Zoom technology. A supply list will be emailed
to students before the class begins.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 to April 5 (no class March 29)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-077, $199
Virtual Classroom

General Office Skills
This is an introduction to basic office tasks and operation of office machines.

Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 21 to April 20
(no class March 28 and 30)
11:05 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.
VOCSK-0025-001, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Computer Skills II
A continuation of Computer Skills I, this course includes topics related to word processing, text editing, margins, text alignment, tabs, bullet lists, envelopes and labels. Recommended preparation: Computer Skills I

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 22 to April 21
(no class March 29 and 31)
Noon to 1:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0022-001, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Employment Skills II
This course provides a continuation of instruction related to on the job skills. Topics include understanding standards of behavior; communication with employers, coworkers and public; as well as time management.
Recommended preparation: Employment Skills I

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 22 to April 21
(no class March 29 and 31)
Noon to 1:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0012-001, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Horticulture Skills II
This course focuses on the propagation, growth and care of various plants in the greenhouse. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 22 to April 21
(no class March 29 and 31)
9:30 to 11:20 a.m.
VOCSK-0061-002, $299
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1015

Food Service Skills II
This course provides the basic/intermediate skills required for food service occupations. Recommended
preparation: Food Service Skills I or Food Service Skills Workshop

Friday, Feb. 25 to April 22 (no class April 1)
10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0042-001, $299
Culinary & Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Hospitality Skills I
This class focuses on sanitation basics and customer service. Information related to county
and state sanitation requirements for hotels and restaurants—especially in light of COVID 19-related
protocols—is covered. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 22 to April 21
(no class March 29 and 31)
Noon to 1:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0051-001, $299
Culinary & Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1020

Keyboard Skills I
This course provides an introduction to the computer keyboard and typing skills. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 22 to April 21
(no class March 29 and 31)
9 to 10:50 a.m.
VOCSK-0020-001, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

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