Adult Education/HSED (GED)

Program OvervideEastern Iowa Community Colleges provide a number of programs for adults to brush up on reading, math, writing and English.

These programs include Adult Learning, High School Equivalency (formerly GED) and English Language Learners (ELL/ESL). Classes are offered at Clinton, Muscatine, Davenport, Columbus Junction, Maquoketa and West Liberty.

Adult Basic Education  or ABE classes develop reading, writing, speaking, and math skills. Programming is designed to help anyone 17 years of age or older not enrolled in high school to take the steps necessary toward passing the High School Equivalency Test and beyond.

New Adult Basic Education or ELL/ESL students must attend an orientation session. Students will be given an overview of the programs as well as an assessment of their reading and math skills. The results from the orientation will help the faculty and staff develop individual programs of study for students to guide them toward their personal academic goals.

Same Program… Different Name
Starting this year, the GED diploma is now the High School Equivalency Diploma. The subjects are still the same. You will study:

  • Language Arts – Reading
  • Language Arts – Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

How does the High School Equivalency program work?

  • Attend an orientation and take placement tests
  • Advising – we will review your placement tests and get your class schedule
  • Classes – your placement test will determine the length of your class schedule
  • Retake Placement Test – after 40 hours of class, you will retake your placement tests to measure how our program is working for you
  • Post-tests – These tests are required for each subject prior to taking the actual High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
  • HiSET Exam – HiSET is the official name for the High School Equivalency Test

How much does it cost?
There is a $15 registration fee due at the time of application. There is a $50 fee for HiSET which includes two retakes per subject. Finally, there is a $10 diploma fee that is paid at the testing site for your last exam.

Graduation is held in May. Any students who have passed their High School Equivalency Test are welcomed to participate and invite their friends and family.

High School Equivalency Program Scholarships
Anyone who receives their High School Equivalency Diploma from our colleges will be given a scholarship for three credit hours at Clinton, Muscatine or Scott Community College. The scholarship can be used for credit or non-credit classes/programs (i.e. Certified Nursing Aid).

Transcript Request
Individuals may request duplicate GED/High School Equivalency program transcripts. Application fees may apply. To make a request, please print, complete and submit form.

Click here for the transcript request form

Ready to get started?

Contact campuses for class schedules and additional information

Clinton Community College
Learning Center(Clinton & Maquoketa)
(across street from the main CCC building and next to tennis courts)
944 Lincoln Boulevard
Clinton, Iowa  52732
563-244-7185 or toll-free (within the 563 area code) 800-637-0559

Muscatine Community College
(Muscatine, Columbus Junction & West Liberty)
McAvoy University
1403 Park Avenue
Muscatine, Iowa  52761
563-288-6161 or 800-351-4669

Scott Community College
West Davenport Center
2950 North Fairmount Street
Davenport, Iowa 52804
563-326-5319 or 800-895-0811