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Developmental Education

Young adults with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities who can independently and safely manage classroom expectations and 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, 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. Note that no COD-sponsored transportation is provided for these classes.  

Fall 2023 Courses

Feed Your Need to Read

This literacy-based class focuses on improving reading comprehension skills to unlock more of each student’s learning potential. The teacher guides students through group activities and individualized instruction to provide challenges and boost overall reading ability!

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 5 to Nov. 9

5 to 5:50 p.m. 

LEISR-0070-400, $225

On campus in Glen Ellyn

New Course: Dani-Mation Introduction

Join us for this two-hour introductory animation class specifically designed for neurodiverse students.  You will discover the power of animation as a means of expression, communication, and story-telling.  We will introduce you to various techniques, tools, and software that will enable you to create your own unique animated worlds, characters, and narratives.  Choose a session from the choice of three below:

Monday, Oct. 16

6 to 8 p.m.

LEISR-0070-100, $149

Virtual Classroom

Monday, Oct. 23

6 to 8 p.m.

LEISR-0070-101, $149

Virtual Classroom

Monday, Oct. 30

6 to 8 p.m.

LEISR-0070-102. $149

Virtual Classroom

New Course: 1 to 1, 2D Animation Instruction

Receive the undivided attention of a skilled Dani-Mation instructor with a customized curriculum designed to meet your specific learning goals and interests.  Learn all about the entire animation production process or focus on a specific topic including animation principles, storyboarding, character design and so much more!  This course includes 4 hours of 1:1 instruction.  It will be taught virtually and will meet at a time and date that is determined between the student and instructor. Please call Tracy Kline at (630) 942-3779 for registration information.

LEISR-0070-103, $272.00

New Course: Salad Prep Magic

Learn all about the latest meal craze: Mason Jar Salads! Culinary expert Pamela Neuner demonstrates how to prepare a traditional Greek salad that can be kept in a Mason jar for weeks! Young adults and their parents are welcome to enroll in this class. Each student will take home one Mason Jar Salad.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

5:30 to 8 p.m.

LEISR-0070-065, $49

Westmont Center (WC), Room 22

Current Events

Students learn about and discuss the news as it happens from day to day. We hope to increase students’ understanding of global issues, economics, and politics in relation to the United States and our world. 

Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Nov. 8

1 to 2:30 p.m.

LEISR-0070-055, $199

On campus in Glen Ellyn

Daily Communication

This course reviews basic concepts of communication. Students participate in role-playing activities to help develop the positive verbal and non-verbal skills and confidence needed to speak to others. 

Monday, Sept. 11 to Nov. 13

1 to 2:30 p.m.

LEISR-0070-015, $199

On campus in Glen Ellyn

Everyday Math

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

Monday, Sept. 11 to Nov. 13

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

LEISR-0070-015, $199

On campus in Glen Ellyn

Introduction to Babysitting

This course will introduce students to best practices associated with being an effective babysitter. Topics such as basic first aid and planning developmentally appropriate activities will be covered. Students will also learn basic emergency protocols. Necessary supplies will be provided in class.

Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 and 19

10 a.m. to noon

LEISR-0070-090, $69

On campus in Glen Ellyn

Let’s Get Crafting!

Students gain an introduction to loom knitting, crocheting and a variety of other craft projects. The class explores the basics of knitting, including casting on, binding off, using knit and purl stitches, and reading basic knitting patterns. Students will receive a supply list prior to the start of class.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Nov. 8

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

LEISR-0070-030, $199

On campus in Glen Ellyn

Nutrition and Health

Students explore the role of nutrition in their overall health. Topics include the importance of food choices, food shopping, basic kitchen methods and basic personal health care.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Nov. 8

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LEISR-0070-050, $199

On campus in Glen Ellyn

The Creative You!

This class will bring out students' creativity through the opportunity to create a variety of different crafts involving floral arrangements, decorative laminating and a terrarium. A supply list will be sent to each student before class begins.

Friday, Sept. 8 to Nov. 10

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LEISR-0070-095, $199

On campus in Glen Ellyn


Animal Care Skills

Our pets are like members of our family, and caring for them is important to keep them happy and healthy. We will discuss all kinds of companion animals and review common skills for care and animal-related careers. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 24 to Nov. 16

2 to 3:50 p.m.

VOCSK-0071-001, $159

Carol Stream Center (CSC), Room 108

Computer Skills I

This class introduces computer technology and word processing. Instruction includes an overview of the basic parts of a computer, how to create and edit documents for business, and how to use the internet and email. Prerequisite: Keyboard Skills I or previous keyboard experience. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 19 to Nov. 9

9 to 10:50 a.m. 

VOCSK-0021-001, $299

On campus in Glen Ellyn

Food Service Skills I

This course provides basic Information required for entry-level food service occupations. Topics include demonstration and hands-on learning related to basic sanitation, safe food handling, safety issues, basic food preparation and cooking.

Friday, Sept. 8 to Oct. 27

10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

VOCSK-0041-001, $399

Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1022

General Office Skills I

This is an introduction to basic office tasks and the operation of office machines. Topics include filing, mailing, copying, faxing and time management skills.

Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Nov. 8

11:05 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

VOCSK-0025-001, $299

On campus in Glen Ellyn 

Horticulture Skills II

This course focuses on the propagation, growth and care of various plants. Topics include types of propagation and the caring of plants from propagation to maturity. Emphasis is placed on fall/winter plants, foliage plants, houseplants, natives, succulents and cacti. 

This class or Horticulture Skills I is required to complete the Horticulture Skills Series Certificate.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 19 to Nov. 9

9 to 10:50 a.m.

VOCSK-0061-001, $299

Technology Education Center (TEC)

Hospitality Skills II

Students will learn and apply hospitality skills needed to work in dining and lodging establishments. Each session includes hands-on application at COD’s Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC). Students will practice housekeeping skills in guest rooms of the on-campus boutique hotel, the Inn at Water’s Edge. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 19 to Nov. 9

Noon to 1:50 p.m. 

VOCSK-0051-001, $299

Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1020

Workplace Communication Skills I

This course introduces essential communication skills that enhance workplace performance. Topics related to communication with employers, co-workers and the public are emphasized.

NOTE: updated dates and times

Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Nov. 8

4 to 5:50 p.m.

VOCSK-0012-001, $299

On campus in Glen Ellyn

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. Read More

Literacy Skills

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. Learn More

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. Learn More

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. Learn More


The following are 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