UCLA Extension


Pathway uses a “learn by doing” approach. We promote self-advocacy and use individualized support to accommodate the different learning styles of students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Courses include training in life skills and career exploration, with a strong emphasis on practical learning.

The expected outcomes for Pathway students are:

  • Enhanced Academic Skills: Expand academic skills to set a foundation for lifelong learning.
  • Career Development: Identify career goals and participate in activities that support future employment.
  • Independence: Achieve an increased level of independence and participation in community activities.
  • Increased Social Skills: Increase social skills by developing personal and work relationships.
  • Self-Advocacy: Practice self-advocacy and self-determination in academic and daily living.
  • Healthy Living: Assess one’s own health needs, and actively engage in a healthy lifestyle.
  • Self-Enrichment: Pursue self-enrichment activities that match personal goals. 

Pathway’s strength lies in our carefully structured and evolving curriculum, comprised of courses within the following skill-building areas:

Academics: Pathway students earn a certificate from UCLA Extension that includes successful participation in a combination of required coursework and electives. Students may elect to participate in courses offered through UCLA Extension, UCLA Recreation, or auditing approved UCLA classes.

Career Exploration and Work Readiness: All Pathway students must participate in a structured internship, typically during their second year. Internship sites are developed based on student interest and skill levels and are designed to allow students to apply skills learned while participating in Pathway.

Life Skills: While participating in Pathway, students receive life skills instruction from our partner, Level Up Solutions. Staff work with students to develop essential living skills to prepare them to live as independently as possible upon graduation. Instruction occurs in the student apartments and throughout the community.