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Welcome to Pathway at UCLA Extension

Pathway at UCLA Extension is a two-year certificate program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, offering a blend of educational, social, and vocational experiences, taught and supervised by experienced instructors sensitive to the individual needs of our students. On campus, Pathway students attend classes and participate with UCLA students in the many social, recreational, and cultural activities of a major university. We invite you and your family to learn more about Pathway at UCLA Extension, and discover the difference a quality higher education program can make.

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Message from the Director

Going to college is a rite of passage for many young people, leading to independence and greater career opportunities. A post-secondary education provides opportunity for educational enrichment and broadening social skills that last a lifetime.  But going to college is not only about academics.  It's also a chance to learn about other people and, most importantly, about oneself.  This is true for all young people - and that's why we created this unique program. Pathway at UCLA Extension is designed to give students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities a college experience that builds a desire for lifelong learning and pursuing a fulfilling career.

UCLA Extension has a long history of providing innovative educational programs to meet our community's needs.  Pathway draws on Extension's experience as well as the diverse cultural and academic resources of UCLA to create an individualized and high quality educational experience for our students.  Pathway courses are designed to be as accessible as possible to the broadest range of students; combining academic challenges with a strong practical base.  All students are expected to participate in field experience that gives them the career and real-world skills needed to live independently. 

We believe that there is more than one way to learn, and just because someone learns differently does not mean that there is not some level of greatness within each person. Our challenge, to ourselves and to our students, is to find that greatness.



Eric Latham


Executive Director, Pathway at UCLA Extension