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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.  

Spring 2024 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, Feb. 6 to April 18 (no class March 26 and 28)
5 to 5:50 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-400, $225
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Dani-Mation Introduction

NEW COURSE: 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 one or more sessions:

Monday, April 15
6 to 8 p.m.
LEISR-0070-105, $149
Virtual classroom

Monday, April 22
6 to 8 p.m.
LEISR-0070-106, $149
Virtual classroom

Monday, April 29
6 to 8 p.m.
LEISR-0070-107, $149
Virtual classroom

1 to 1, 2D Animation Instruction

NEW COURSE: 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-0070-108, $272

Enhancing Language

NEW COURSE: This class is designed to enrich and expand existing language skills. Activities will emphasize communicative interaction and experience-based language. Verbalization of words and ideas in meaningful contexts will encourage the retention of content and facilitate individual learning.

Monday, Feb. 5 to April 15 (no class March 25)
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-020, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Time Management

NEW COURSE: Students will complete activities that encourage personal organization as it relates to calendars, schedules, telling time, and using time in everyday situations.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 to April 17 (no class March 27)
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-025, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Child Care and Development

This course provides a basic understanding of ways to manage child care and development. Students discuss the developmental expectations of babies and children as well as their physical, intellectual and emotional needs. In addition, the class addresses topics of abuse and explores options for selecting appropriate child care.

Thursday, Feb. 8 to April 18 (no class March 28)
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-055, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

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. A simple budget will be developed by each student that will address basic expenditures, savings and discretionary spending. 

Wednesday, Feb. 7 to April 17 (no class March 27)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-050, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Survival Reading

The focus of this class is to improve student understanding of numerous types of reading required to live in a modern society. Specifically, students practice and develop their skills in the areas of reading bills, instructions, maps, schedules, menus, catalogs and other written materials.

Friday, Feb. 9 to April 19 (no class March 29)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
LEISR-0070-035, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Hospitality Skills III

NEW COURSE: This course focuses specifically on restaurant service. Students will learn basic server skills, including setting a proper table with appropriate utensils, plates and glassware and delivering food to tables. The information gained through classroom discussions and demonstrations will be applied by assisting the COD culinary team in the Waterleaf Restaurant on campus.

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 to April 18 (no class March 26 and 28)
Noon to 1:50 p.m. 
VOCSK-0051-003, $399
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC)

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. 20 to April 18 (no class March 26 and 28)
12 to 1:50 p.m. 
VOCSK-0022-001, $299
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Food Service Skills II

This course provides the basic/intermediate skills required for food service occupations. Topics include demonstrations and hands-on learning in sanitation, safe food handling, safety issues, food preparation and cooking. Students must be able to independently manage basic kitchen tasks. Recommended preparation: Food Service Skills I or Food Service Skills Workshop

Friday, Feb. 16 to April 19 (no class March 1 and 29)
10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. 
VOCSK-0042-001, $399
Culinary & Hospitality Center (CHC)

General Office Skills II

The course is a basic/intermediate introduction to basic office tasks and operation of office machines. Topics include filing, mailing, copying, faxing and time management skills. Recommended preparation: General Office Skills I

Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 19 to April 17 (no class March 25 and 27)
11:05 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. 
VOCSK-0025-001, $299
On campus in Glen Ellyn 

Horticulture Skills I

The course focuses on the propagation, growth and care of various plants in the greenhouse. Learning topics include types of propagation and the caring of plants from propagation to maturity (market-ready). Emphasis is placed on spring/summer plants, annuals, perennials, houseplants, natives and vegetables. Students have the opportunity to select plants to propagate and apply their acquired skills. All projects are taken home. 

Note: This is one of four classes needed to attain the Horticulture Skills Series certificate of completion.

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 to April 18 (no class March 26 and 28)
9 to 10:50 a.m.
VOCSK-0061-002, $299
Technology Education Center (TEC)

Keyboarding Skills I

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

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 to April 18 (no class March 26 and 28)
9 to 10:50 a.m. 
VOCSK-0020-001, $299
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Workplace Communication Skills II

This course continues instruction on essential communication skills that enhance workplace performance. Topics related to communication with employers, co-workers and the public are emphasized. Recommended preparation: Workplace Communication Skills I

Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 19 to April 17 (no class March 25 and 27)
4 to 5:50 p.m. 
VOCSK-0013-001, $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