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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.   


Fall 2021 Courses

Feed Your Need to Read!
This literacy based class will focus on improving reading comprehension skills in order to unlock more of your learning potential.   

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 7 to Nov. 11
5 to 5:50 p.m.
LEISR-0070-400, $225
Virtual Classroom


Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 7 to Nov. 11
6 to 6:50 p.m.
LEISR-0070-401, $225
Virtual Classroom 

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

Monday, Sept. 13 to Nov. 15
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LEISR-0070-055, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn- Room TBD 

Daily Communication
In this course, students will review the basic concepts of communication.  Students will develop positive verbal and non-verbal skills and confidence to speak to others through role-playing activities.   

Tuesday, Sept. 7 to Nov. 9
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LEISR-0070-015, $199
Virtual Classroom 

Everyday Math
This class will teach students how to apply basic math skills to situations that everyone encounters on a daily basis.  

Tuesday, Sept. 7 to Nov. 9
6 to 7:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-075, $199
Virtual Classroom

Introduction to Babysitting
This course will introduce students to best practices associated with being an effective babysitter.   

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 13 & 14
10 a.m. to Noon
LEISR-0070-090, $59
Virtual Classroom

Computer Skills I
This class provides an introduction to 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. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 21 to Nov. 11
9 to 10:50 a.m. 
VOCSK-0021-001, $299
On campus in Glen Ellyn- Room TBD

Employment Skills I
This is an introduction to pre-employment skills to prepare for job placement.  

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 21 to Nov. 11
Noon to 1:50 p.m. 
VOCSK-0011-001, $299
Virtual  Classroom 

Food Service Skills I Workshop 
This course provides basic Information required for entry-level food service occupations.   

Friday, Sept. 17 to Oct. 22
10 to 10:50 a.m.
VOCSK-0091-001, $79
Virtual classroom

Horticulture Skills I Workshop
This course focuses on the propagation, growth, and care of various plants.   

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 21 to Nov. 11
9:30 to 11:20 a.m.
VOCSK-0061-101, $299
Virtual Classroom 

Hospitality Skills I Workshop
The class focuses on sanitation basics and customer service.  Information related to county and state sanitation requirements for hotels and restaurants- especially in light of COVID19-related protocols- will be covered.  

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 21 to Nov. 11
Noon to 1:50 p.m. 
VOCSK-0061-003, $299
Virtual Classroom

Choosing a Proper Pet Companion
Animal companions can come in many forms.  How do you know what animal is right to keep as a pet?  Join Dr. Elise Ciribassi, veterinarian, in this engaging 1-hour workshop for an overview of different types of pets.

Thursday, Oct. 21
3 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0070-960, $29
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