Developmental Education Options

At CCBC, we realize that students come to us with a variety of learning styles and preferences.

While some students prefer to work individually in a self-paced course, others prefer a more structured group lecture or discussion format. Some students prefer courses, which meet over a long period of time, while others may prefer a more condensed course structure that can be completed in a shorter amount of weeks. There are also students who find it difficult to attend class regularly and would prefer to take courses online.

Our Developmental Education program offers courses in reading, English, and mathematics to help students attain the skills they need to perform successfully in college level courses.

Accelerated programs for developmental education

Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)

The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) is designed to improve the percentage of ACLT 053 students who pass ACLT 053 and ENG 101. Under ALP, students whose placement is ACLT 053 enroll in designated sections of ENG 101. These sections will be composed of 10 ALP students and 10 students whose placement is ENG 101. In addition, the same 10 ALP students will be enrolled in a designated section of ACLT 053 taught by the same instructor, which we call a companion course.

Academic Literacy - ACLT 052 & ACLT 053

Provides intensive instruction in critical thinking, reading, and writing as will be required for English 101 and other 100-level courses. Using theme-based readings from a variety of genres, coursework will emphasize independent reading of complex academic texts, critical response to ideas and information in academic texts, and writing essays that integrate ideas and information from academic texts.

Accelerated Math Program (AMP)

The Accelerated Math Program (AMP) has taken two consecutive courses and combined the content so that students are able to complete two courses within one semester. The two courses are independent courses in terms of the schedule, grade report, and transcripts. However the students are really in a six-hour per week course pair that takes a topic from the lower level course and covers it through the higher-level course. The students eligible for the lower level course may register for the combined course or a traditional section. There are no requirements that block a student from registering for the AMP course pair as long as they meet the prerequisites for the lower level course.

Students in the AMP Combined Course pair have one instructor and are only required to purchase the textbook of the higher-level course.

Learning options


Students independently work through a series of mini-instructional units and take individualized tests as they complete each unit. The instructional units may be computer-assisted instruction. Courses may be completed in a shorter period of time, depending on the participation and learning rate of the student. This course is a good option for self-motivated independent learners with good organizational skills. This option is available in some developmental math courses.

Traditional classroom

Students meet as an entire class, listen to lectures, and participate in discussion. Instructor may also use cooperative learning techniques in which students work in small groups. This course style is appropriate for students that need external structure.

Online classes

Students do their class work online, including reading instructional materials, posting homework, participating in online discussions, and in most cases taking quizzes and tests. Students should participate in orientation to online learning. This course is a good option for self-motivated independent learners with good reading skills.

Learning communities

A learning community is an approach to the learning process that assumes that students are one of the best learning resources for one another! In a learning community, two or more classes are “paired,” and a group of students enrolls in both of the paired courses. Some learning communities combine developmental education courses with other developmental education or general education course options.