Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program


Ways Adults Can Earn a Maryland High School Diploma


In Maryland there are two ways an adult who has dropped out of school before graduating may earn a high school diploma.

1. GEDŽ:

GEDŽ candidates must be residents of Maryland. They must be at least 17 years of age at the time of testing. They may not have obtained a Maryland high school diploma, or a high school certificate or diploma issued by another state or non-US or correspondence school. They must be officially withdrawn from a regular full-time public or private school; or have obtained a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion in accordance with COMAR 13A.03.02.09D.

In order to pass the test, a minimum score must be obtained in the content areas of Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics.

Learn more about the GEDŽ Testing, or call 410-767-0538.

2. National Adult External Diploma Program (NEDP)

This program is for individuals, ages 18 and older, who are not enrolled in regular high school and can demonstrate essential academic competencies and life skills. Academic skill areas include: reading, writing, mathematics, oral communication, and critical thinking. Life skills relate to occupational, self, social, aesthetic, consumer, and scientific awareness. This is not a class attendance-based program. Participants are expected to meet periodically with an assessor to develop a portfolio that proves they have acquired the skills required to be awarded a Maryland High School Diploma.

This is an online-format program designed for self-directed youth and adults with life and work experiences and familiarity with the computer. This program offers flexible scheduling and confidentiality.

For more about the National External Diploma Program, call 410-767-0188.

National Adult External Diploma Program (NEDP) flyer (PDF document, 1.5MB, download Adobe Acrobat for free