Standard Adult Diploma

Minnesota adults who do not have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) Diploma have the following three options for obtaining a high school diploma or GED:

K-12 Diploma Completion
Also known as Credit Completion or Credit Recovery, adult basic education programs provide the opportunity for participants to complete the course requirements needed to obtain a high school diploma from a Minnesota school district. Due to the intensive time commitment for adult students and expensive resource commitment for programs, this model is not available in many Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.

Test-Based Secondary Credential (GED)
The Minnesota Department of Education issues an equivalency diploma to Minnesotans who pass the GED exam.

State Adult Diploma (New)
The 2014 Minnesota Legislature approved a third secondary credential option for adults: a state standard adult high school diploma. This new state adult high school diploma is competency-based and is completed through participation in an approved Minnesota Adult Basic Education program. Completion of the program is recognized by the state with a diploma awarded by the Minnesota Department of Education.