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Developmental Education
Developmental Education
Developmental Education (DE) courses are designed to provide students with basic skills needed to achieve success in college-level courses and to pass the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) tests. Although  students receive grades for  DE courses, those DE courses do not apply toward a degree or certificate, the DE credit does not transfer to other institutions, and the DE grades are not calculated as part of the GPA shown on transcripts (but might be considered when applying for scholarships, financial aid, veteran benefits, etc.).

DE courses include English as a Second Language, College Success, Developmental Mathematics, and Integrated Reading and Writing courses. The instructional formats of DE courses vary and include computer-based, lecture, online, express, weekend, and self-paced formats. If a student’s scores on the basic skills assessments  indicate that a student would be better prepared by taking a DE course prior to enrolling in a college-level course in a related field, the student must enroll in the DE course and complete the sequence before enrolling in college-level courses in that field of study. Collin requires that students demonstrating a need for remediation in reading, writing, or mathematics complete the appropriate sequence of DE courses in consecutive semesters; this excludes summer semesters.

DE courses may be taken for a combined total of no more than 27 credit hours.  In addition, students may attempt to successfully complete any DE course only twice.  Dropping a course before census day does not count as an attempt.  After two unsuccessful attempts, a student must complete the course at another institution and provide proof of successful course completion upon returning to Collin College. The policy of "enrolling no more than twice" applies to all DE courses.

Administrative Withdrawal Policy: If you miss more than 20% of the meetings of a Developmental Education class between the beginning of class and the college withdrawal date, you may be administratively withdrawn from that class. Administrative withdrawal may have academic, financial, financial aid, and visa implications. It will count toward Collin’s Repeat Policy and the 27-hour limitation on Developmental Education courses. Administrative withdrawal will take place after the full refund period, and if you are administratively withdrawn from the course you will not be eligible for a tuition refund. If you have questions about the administrative withdrawal policy, please contact your professor.Home school and high school students are not allowed to enroll in DE courses.
Call the Developmental Education office at 972.881.5720 for additional information.


College Success (COSU)

Courtenay Jauregui. . . . . . . . . . SCC/L266 . . . . . . . . . .972.578.5598

Developmental Education also offers free study skills seminars that teach students basic study and test-taking skills to increase college success.  A schedule of these free seminars is published each semester and copies are available at the Information Center on each campus.  Call the Developmental Education office at 972.881.5720 for additional information.

COSU 0300 College Success explores various methods and techniques of improving study skills and habits, including time management, note taking, reading, communication, test preparation, test taking, problem-solving, and learning styles. Enroll in this 3 credit hour course to hone learning and study skills.

COSU 0301 Test-Taking and Study Skills for Non-Native English Speakers is designed to assist students whose first language is not English with study skills and test-taking techniques.


Developmental Mathematics

Catherine Thurman . . . . . . . . . . . PRC/U156 . . . . . . . . .972.377.1096

Collin College offers pre-algebra and algebraic skills courses to enable students to acquire a solid foundation for successful performance in college level mathematics courses. Among the courses offered to promote success are MATH 0302, 0305, 0310 and 0406. 

Students must take the assessment (via the Testing Center) for placement purposes. Once placed in a course, many support services are provided to enable students to succeed. Among the services are the Math Lab, video tapes of lectures on specific topics, tutoring, study skills seminars, and scheduled review sessions.

MATH 0302 Pre-Algebra
MATH 0305 Beginning Algebra
MATH 0310 Intermediate Algebra
MATH 0406 Introductory Algebra

Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW)

Courtenay Jauregu . . . . . . . . . . SCC/L266 . . . . . . . . . . . .972.578.5598

The ability to write clearly and accurately is critical to success in academic and professional pursuits. The Integrated Reading and Writing program provides instruction in all aspects of planning and producing academic prose in preparation for the TSI writing assessment and for ENGL1301.

INRW 0405 Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing I
INRW 0315 Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing II

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Linda Kapocsi. . . . . . . . . . . SCC/K219 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972.578.5528

NEW STUDENT INFORMATION (testing and registration info.)

Collin College offers English for speakers of other languages to build their confidence and skills in listening/speaking, grammar, reading, writing, and vocabulary development. Classes are designed for various interests, personal needs, academic needs, and skill levels.

New students wanting to take ESL classes must complete the ESL New Student Assessment. Information about the Assessment is available at the Testing Centers at the Spring Creek, Preston Ridge and Central Park campuses. 

Assessment scores are valid for one year. These scores are used for course placement only and do not affect the admission status of students. Students interested in taking ESL classes through Continuing Education should call 972-985-3750 for assessment instructions.

Collin College has a comprehensive, excellent ESL program that will meet your highest expectations. We are glad that you have chosen to join our program.

Student holding file

Division Dean
James Barko
Dean of Academic Affairs
Developmental Education
Office: Spring Creek Campus, Room K102

Academic Advisors
Keyona McClellan
SCC - G146
PRC - F131