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:

  • Maryland resident for at least three months at the time of testing;
  • At least 16 years of age; and
  • Either:
      • Has not obtained a Maryland high school diploma or high school certificate or diploma issued by another state or school, or
      • Has obtained a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion in accordance with COMAR 13A.03.02.

In order to pass the test, a minimum score must be obtained in the content areas of writing, social studies, science, literature and the arts, and mathematics.

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

2. Maryland Adult External Diploma Program (EDP)

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.

For more about the External Diploma Program, download the EDP brochure (Word format, 136KB, download Word viewer for free) (PDF document, 194KB, download Adobe Acrobat for free) or call 410-767-0160.