School of Education

Course Descriptions

ClemsonLIFE students attend modified courses in the ClemsonLIFE classroom taught by graduate student instructors and program staff with certified special education teaching certificates. In addition to ClemsonLIFE courses, students attend one Clemson University leisure skills course.

students in class

Functional Mathematics: Banking and Budgeting

Students will receive classroom instruction and hands-on practical application of functional mathematics skills, including but not limited to: online banking, bill pay, ATM usage, budgeting, shopping, credit/debit cards, counting money, making change, telling time, scheduling, functional addition and subtraction.

Functional Literature

Students will receive classroom instruction and hands-on practical application of literacy skill including but not limited to: functional comprehension skills, writing, spelling, current events, library usage, basic computer word processing, email etiquette, contracts and important documents.



ClemsonLIFE at a Home Football game

Independent Living Skills

Students will receive classroom instruction and hands-on practical application of independent living skills in areas including, but not limited to: transportation, nutrition, food preparation, health, safety, clothing, shopping, housing, household chores, technology, communication, employment skills, community resources, and citizenship.

Communication Skills: Social, Leisure, and Self-Advocacy

Students will receive classroom instruction, participate in role-play activities, and engage in hands-on practical application of communication, social, leisure and self-advocacy skills. Students will learn about social norms, disability awareness, advocacy rights, and more.  Students learn how to demonstrate appropriate behaviors in school, home, and employment settings. Students will also attend and independently plan two recreational activities for the entire class that will utilize local resources and last approximately two hours. 

Hope at work

Employment Skills

Students will receive classroom instruction and hands-on practical application of employment skills in areas including, but not limited to: transportation, job search, applications, interviewing, introduction to new careers, safety on the job, taxes, W-4 and I-9 forms, workers’ benefits, reading and math on the job, keeping your job, manners on the job, job apparel, email and telephone etiquette, customer service skills, and resumes. Students will be assessed on in class assignments/homework and their employer evaluations on a weekly basis.