School of Education

Course Descriptions

ClemsonLIFE students attend modified courses in ClemsonLIFE classrooms taught by educational specialists with certified special education teaching certificates and graduate student instructors. In addition, ClemsonLIFE 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, including but not limited to: online banking, bill pay, ATM usage, budgeting, shopping, credit/debit card usage, counting money, making change, telling time, scheduling, functional addition and subtraction.

Functional Literacy

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



CULIFE students presenting slide shows.

Independent Living Skills

Students will receive classroom instruction and hands-on practical application of independent living skills in areas including: transportation, clothing, shopping, housing, household chores, technology, communication, community resources, and citizenship. Students receive hands on instruction and experience navigating local public transportation.

Communication Skills: Social, Leisure, and Self-Advocacy

Students will receive classroom instruction, and engage in hands-on practical application of communication, social, leisure and self-advocacy skills to be applied in school, home, and employment settings. Students will learn about social norms, disability awareness, advocacy rights, and more. Students will participate in the planning of social events for their peers

CULIFE students learning cooking and nutrition.

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.

Health and Wellness

Students will receive health and wellness instruction in conjunction with their life skills class. Instruction includes: navigation of grocery stores, choosing recipes, creating a weekly menu, identifying parts of a balanced meal, hygiene, proper use of prescription/over the counter medication, medical symptoms and practices, and relationships and privacy. Students receive instruction in cooking/food nutrition in their apartments for dinner two nights per week.