Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program


Directory of Maryland Adult Education Programs/Classes


To find an adult education program in your community, click on the area where you live.

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The programs in this directory are funded by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Additional adult education programs in Maryland can be found by clicking on the following links:

America's Literacy Directory

For additional resources see ProLiteracy.

Definitions of Program Abbreviations

You will find several abbreviations for program names in the directory. They are listed below with their definitions.

ABE (Adult Basic Education)
Adult Basic Education is a federally funded basic skills program that provides instruction in classroom sites throughout Maryland. Basic skills teachers work with low literacy students, as well as more highly skilled students.

GEDŽ Program
The General Educational Development Program prepares students to take the GEDŽ tests; successful completion of the tests results in the awarding of a Maryland High School diploma.

(NEDP) Maryland National External Diploma Program or MAEDP (The Maryland Adult External Diploma Program)
The External Diploma Program is a competency-based program that provides an alternative route to a high school diploma for adults.

ESL (English as a Second Language) or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
ESL or ESOL programs provide literacy classes for the foreign-born.

Information for Educators

  1. The GEDŽ test on computer uses basic technology found in many job applications, workplaces, and training programs.
  2. The easy-to-use online registration and scheduling allows adults to take the GEDŽ test on their time and move on with their lives.
  3. Some benefits for adults taking the GEDŽ test on computer include:
      1. Instant score reports: Test-takers will enjoy piece of mind knowing they immediately passed.
      2. One-stop registration and scheduling: Easy-to-use online registration and scheduling. Test-takers can see what testing times are available at all nearby testing centers.
      3. Flexible testing experience: Test-takers can take the GEDŽ test at their own pace. If they finish a content area, they can immediately continue to the next content area.
  4. For more information regarding GED computer-based testing (CBT), go to the information for Educators on the GED Testing Service website.