The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) provides a unique way for adults to earn a high school diploma. The program allows adults to demonstrate their high school level skills by applying their life experiences in real-life situations.NEDP awards a traditional high school diploma to adults who have acquired many of their high school level abilities through work, family, and community experiences.

The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) is an applied performance assessment system that assesses the high school level skills of adults.
• The NEDP evaluates the reading, writing, math and workforce readiness skills of participants.
• Awards an adult education diploma so graduates can meet their academic and career goals.
• Designed for self-directed adults with life and work experiences and a general familiarity with the computer.
• Offers flexible scheduling and confidentiality.

Technology Requirements

Students must have:
Good computer skills and be able to use PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Screen Capture
A computer with an operating system of Windows 10 or later version, a Mac OSX, or Chrome OS, and internet access
Installed Google Chrome (best for this program), Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge
Computer speakers and microphone
Printer (recommended)
Phone for remote “in office” appointments with a camera and internet access

Information Sessions

To be eligible for the program, you must register, obtain a miniumum score on a Math and Reading Assessment and attend one information session.

This program is free to students who live or work in Hamden or the cooperating towns*. All other individuals are welcome and should call the adult education office for fee schedule. The NEDP is recommended for those at least 21 years of age. For information contact the Hamden Adult Education office at 203-773-9211 ext. 1139 or 203-407-2028.

Students must take a reading comprehension and math assessment and score at a certain level in order to be eligible to participate in this program.

*North Haven, Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge


There are three routes to a high school diploma: the Adult High School, the GED Exam, and the External Diploma Program. To see which one is the best fit for you, check this comparison chart ›

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