Developmental Reading and Writing

Developmental Reading and Writing courses present skills and strategies to enhance success in your future college courses, career and life.

Developmental Reading practices strategies for building effective reading comprehension, increasing college-level vocabulary, developing critical thinking, and improving test-taking approaches.

Developmental Writing teaches the process of developing, drafting, revising, and submitting effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays in Standard American English. The program provides a framework to write effectively at college level.

Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing integrates critical reading and academic writing skills, and explains the connections between reading and writing — challenging students to better understand audience, context, and situation and emphasizing that all writing fits into broader conversations.

​​Course Descriptions for Developmental Reading and Writing

Developmental Reading and Writing courses are listed under the four-letter rubric (course prefix):

Developmental Reading
     DIRW
     DREA
Developmental Writing
     DIRW
Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing
     DIRW

Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor to discuss your educational and career goals.

Check the current class schedule at the DCCCD college you plan to attend to see what classes are offered in a given semester. See the browsable class schedules of the colleges of DCCCD.

Get More With the Core Curriculum

The core of learning in college is a set of courses that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and educational experiences you need to succeed in higher education. Those classes — called the Core Curriculum — are the courses that lead to an associate degree from the colleges of DCCCD and which transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Students who complete the DCCCD Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Individual Core courses must be accepted as well by the transfer institution, according to state law. 

Find out more about the Core Curriculum of the colleges of DCCCD.

Contact Us

Contact us for more information about Developmental Reading and Writing courses.