Standard Adult Diploma

Minnesota adults who do not have a high school diploma or GED have three options for obtaining a high school diploma or GED:

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K-12 Diploma Completion

Also known as credit completion or credit recovery, participants in this program can complete the course requirements for a high school diploma from a Minnesota school district. Due to the intensive time commitment for adult students and expensive resource commitment for schools, many Minnesota ABE programs do not offer this model.

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Test-Based Secondary Credential

The Minnesota Department of Education issues an equivalency diploma to Minnesotans who pass the GED exam.

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New State Adult Diploma

This secondary credential option was offered beginning in 2014. The new state adult high school diploma is competency-based, completed through participation in an approved Minnesota Adult Basic Education program, and recognized by the state through a diploma awarded by MDE.