How to Become a College of the Desert DSPS Student

Checklists for Students Applying for DSPS

To help you get started as a DSPS student at College of the Desert, please complete the applicable checklist below.

If you need assistance, contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at 760-773-2534 or email the DSPS office.

Timeline to Become DSPS Student

In order to qualify for priority registration, steps 1-12 for new COD students and incoming high school students and steps 1-4 for current COD students need to be completed by the following dates:

  • Completed by March 22, 2024 for Summer and Fall 2024 classes.

  • Please check back for the date for Winter and Spring 2025 classes.

Differences Between K-12 Education and College

Incoming High School graduates and their parents have found "Transitions - Differences Between K-12 Special Education and College Disability Services" [English | Spanish] (opens pdf) to be helpful in looking at the differences between high school and college.

Am I Ready for College?

Potential students have found our Readiness Criteria (opens pdf) to be very informative as to what the expectations are for students and the baseline skills needed to be successful at COD.