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High School Diploma Programs

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Ready to earn your high school diploma? We can help

Howard Community College offers two programs for adults to earn a Maryland High School Diploma:

  • GED
    Pass four separate tests in reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and history. More about the GED
     
  • National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
    After qualifying for the program, create an electronic portfolio of projects that demonstrate your high school skills. More about the NEDP

Enrolling is easy:

  1. Tell us about yourself and your goals so an advisor can work with you
  2. Choose your program (GED or NEDP – don’t worry, we can help!)
  3. Take placement tests
  4. Start your program

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If you already have a high school diploma and are interested in taking refresher classes with us, please visit our math and reading skills program.

  • GED
    • You earn a Maryland high school diploma when you complete the GED.
    • You must be at least 18 years old and officially withdrawn from school to be able to take the GED tests.
    • You can get ready for the four tests with us. Our classes are:
      • Taught by caring, experienced, and expert teachers.
      • Filled with adults studying, just like you.
      • Offered both day and night.
      • Some are in-person, some are virtual.
      • Typically start four times a year but we advise students year round so don’t delay
    • You want a structured experience where you can take classes if necessary.
  • National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
    • You earn a Maryland high school diploma when you complete the NEDP.
    • You must be at least 18 years old and officially withdrawn from school
    • You should have a job (or have had one very recently).
    • You do need to qualify into the program by passing reading, math, and writing tests. The program enrolls year round.
    • You work one-on-one with an advisor, meeting about once a week, at a time that works for both of you.
    • You are a self-motivated and independent learner with strong technology skills.
  • Reading and Writing Courses

    Language Arts Review I

    This course is designed for students working towards earning their high school diploma or those needing a review to prepare for college-level English courses. Topics are drawn from concepts in reading and writing and include the parts of speech; paragraph construction; grammar, punctuation, and capitalization; developing reading fluency; recognizing details, sequences, and comparisons; locating information in reference material. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    Language Arts Review II

    This course is designed for students working towards earning their high school diploma or those needing a review to prepare for college-level English courses. Topics include reading comprehension and analysis of a variety of texts and longer form writing. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Prep for GED®

    This course is designed for students preparing to take the GED® Reasoning Through the Language Arts Test. Topics include reading and analyzing a variety of literary and informational texts; argumentative and persuasive writing; and, grammar. Students will also learn about the testing environment and requirements There is a $50 materials fee.*

    *Fees are non-refundable after classes start.

  • Science and History Courses

    Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Prep for GED®

    This course is designed for students preparing to take the GED® Reasoning Through the Language Arts Test. Topics include reading and analyzing a variety of literary and informational texts; argumentative and persuasive writing; and, grammar. Students will also learn about the testing environment and requirements There is a $50 materials fee.*

    GED Science Foundations

    This course is primarily designed for ESL students to improve their English reading, writing, and vocabulary skills, as well as the scientific knowledge needed to transition into further GED preparation courses. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    GED U.S. History and Government Foundations

    This course is primarily designed for ESL students to improve their English reading, writing, and vocabulary skills, as well as the historical knowledge needed to transition into further GED preparation courses. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    *Fees are non-refundable after classes start.

  • Math Courses

    Math Review I

    This course is designed for students working towards earning their high school diploma or those needing a review to prepare for college-level mathematics. Topics include number sense, place value, rounding, arithmetic, fractions, order of operations, interpreting graphs or charts, word problems, area, and perimeter. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    Math Review II

    This course is designed for students working towards earning their high school diploma or those needing a review to prepare for college-level mathematics. Topics include operations and word problems with fractions, decimals, and percentages; proportions; ratios; solving equations; area; mean, median, and mode; perimeter; and, volume. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    Math Prep for GED®

    This course is designed for students preparing to take the GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test. Topics from algebra and geometry are covered and include operations and word problems with rational numbers; solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; and, computing surface area and volume of composite shapes. Students will also learn about the testing environment and requirements. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    GED Math for ESL A & B

    This course is primarily designed for ESL students to explore and learn math vocabulary needed to begin preparing for the GED. Topics include whole number operations, decimals, fractions, percentages, and word problems. There is a $50 materials fee.*

    *Fees are non-refundable after classes start.

 

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