Standard Adult Diploma

Program Applications

Applications now being accepted from ABE programs to become Standard Adult Diploma Programs (due March 3, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. to This is for new ABE consortia that want to offer the standard adult diploma and for current ABE consortia that would like to expand the standard adult diploma to additional sites.

Download the application form here.


Diploma Options

Standard Adult High School Diploma:  In 2014 the Minnesota legislature approved a new, competency-based option for adults to obtain a secondary credential. Prior to the standard adult diploma, there were only two high school completion options for adults in MN:

1. K-12 Diploma (Credit Completion):  Traditional programs that lead to a high school diploma from a K-12 school district, typically using a credit-completion model. Due to the intensive time commitment for adult students and expensive resource commitment for programs, this model is not available in many Minnesota ABE programs.

2. Test-Based Secondary Credential: GED testing is a battery of 4 tests, which after successful completion of all 4 results in a general education diploma. In 2014, a more rigorous version of the GED replaced the previous version. The new test is only available in a computer-based format, which is a barrier for some students.

The standard adult diploma provides an important and valuable alternative to these two existing options. As of August 2019, more than 650 individuals have been awarded a standard adult diploma.

Key Resources

Additional Resources

To see the MDE-ABE policy on adult diplomas, visit the Policy section of this website and open the Adult Diploma policy.

To find ABE programs that offer Adult Diploma, visit the Adult Literacy Hotline by clicking on the link in the upper right.