Adult Education


Utah Adult Education provides transformative, learner-centered, high-quality, evidence-based education that leads to sustainable employment and personal success. We assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency while completing a secondary education.

Utah Adult Education is a program of instruction below the collegiate level for adults. It is comprised of Adult Secondary Education (ASE), and English Language Learners (ELL) to read English Language Acquisition (ELA).

Utah State Board of Education, Adult Education Services: Directory of Utah Adult Education Programs 2021-2022


Adult Basic Education (ABE):

  • ABE services are for adults who lack high school level skills and need to improve basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
  • ABE services include classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, computer-assisted instruction and distance learning.
  • ABE services are delivered by a diverse provider network composed of Community-based Organizations (CBOs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), community colleges, workplaces, labor unions, and correctional education.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE):

English Language Acquisition (ELA):

  • ELA programs are designed to help English language leaners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language. In addition to language instruction, ELA programs are designed to assist learners in transitioning to programs that lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, post-secondary education and training, or employment.
  • English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education


Residents of the state of Utah (individuals 18 or older and out-of-school youth ages 16 or older) who are legal residents of the United States, making Utah their permanent home.

Non-residents (individuals 18 or older and out-of-school youth ages 16 or older) may participate in adult education programs but must pay full fees and tuition to participate equal to the nearest college or university.

The adult education programs of Utah do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex or disabilities.

High School Equivalency (HSE) GED®

Utah Adult Education programs increase personal and professional success options by providing test preparation instruction in the four content areas of the GED® Test, which include:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Utah State Board of Education, Adult Education Services Directory of Utah Adult Education Programs 2020-2021


Anyone who is 18 years of age or older whose high school class has graduated is eligible to take the GED® Test. Residency is not a requirement for a GED® test-taker to take the GED® Test. Anyone ages 16-18 whose class has not graduated is eligible to take the GED® Test with the following requirements:

16-18 Year-Old Applicants:

  • Must contact the school or district last attended to obtain and complete the HSE Candidate and Adult Education Eligibility Form.
  • Must submit a copy of the form to the adult education program to release registration record. The GED® Testing registration process cannot be continued until this step is completed.

16 year-old applicants also:

  • Must access a Utah state-sponsored adult education program for verification of academic readiness necessary to take the GED® Tests.

School districts do not have the authority to delay or deny access to the GED® Test if the test-taker meets the eligibility requirements.

School-age GED® Test-takers who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) are eligible for Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) regardless of successfully obtaining a GED® and the resulting Utah High School Completion Diploma.

School-age GED® Test-takers whose class has not graduated who do not pass all four of the GED® Test modules may return to a K-12 program of instruction and will be required to complete all necessary graduation requirements for a traditional K-12 diploma.

Out-of-State test-takers age 16-18 years of age may use the HSE Candidate and Adult Education Eligibility Form and a current government issued photo ID or bring the following two letters to a Utah Adult Education program for registration release:

  • Letter 1 (on letterhead) from last school attended or school district stating that the candidate is formally withdrawn from a K-12 program of instruction.
  • Letter 2 from parent/guardian granting permission for the candidate to take the GED® Tests.
    Note: A marriage certificate may be used in lieu of a parent/guardian letter.

Test-takers residing at residential treatment/special purpose schools, including Job Corps, are required to have parent/guardian signature granting permission to take the GED® Test. Permission must be obtained prior to the GED® Test registration. Testing centers may accept a faxed copy of the HSE Candidate and Adult Education Eligibility Form signed by the parent/guardian attached to an original application as proof of parental/guardian permission.

Branches of the military may or may not accept GED® credentials for enlistment. GED® Test-takers are strongly advised to contact the military recruiters to see what the current policies are prior to taking the GED® Test.


$120 for full test (4 test modules) or $30 per individual test module. 


GED® Testing Service
Please complete your registration online on your personal account.

Online Proctored GED® Tests

GED® test takers can now take the test online if they have achieved a green score on a GED Ready® test within 60 days. If attempting to take the online proctored GED® test, test takers should have access to a private room, stable internet access, and a computer with a camera and a microphone. Online proctored GED® test takers below the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian with them during the sign in process to authorize the test. Additional information can be found at Take the Online GED Test.


If you are testing in a testing center, you may retake each GED® subject test two subsequent times, with no restrictions between retakes. These attempts are also discounted. However, if you fail the third time or on any subsequent retest, you must wait 60 days and pay full price. If you are taking an online proctored GED® test, you may retake each subject test one time with no restrictions between retakes. If you fail the second time or on any subsequent retest, you must wait 60 days. Online proctored GED® tests are not discounted.

Original Credentials

An official score report and Utah High School Completion Diploma are issued to all Utah test-takers who pass all four GED® test modules.

Once you pass the GED®, you will receive an email with a copy of your e-diploma and e-transcript. These are your official diploma and transcript.  You should download and save these documents for your records.

Duplicate High School Completion Diplomas, Test Transcripts, and Scores

If you earned your GED® in 2014 or later, you can log in to your GED Account to order additional copies of your transcript. If you earned your GED® before 2014, select the state in which you took your GED® in the drop-down menu and click Request Transcripts to be taken to the corresponding page to order additional transcripts. Most transcript orders take approximately 1-2 days but may take up to 2 weeks to process and mail out. Please allow sufficient time for processing and shipping. Prior to placing an order, you should confirm that you have the correct recipient/administrator and school address if you are sending the transcript directly to a school.

Request Your Transcript
GED® Testing Service

To order duplicate diplomas, certificates and/or transcript/score reports.

For additional support, go to GED® Test Takers Parchment Support.


Exchange Form for GED® Certificate to Utah High School Completion Diploma

Persons passing the GED® Test between January 1, 2002 and June 30, 2009, may exchange the GED® Certificate for a Utah High School Completion Diploma by completing this form.

GED® Third-Party Verification

Parchment Exchange

To request a GED® Transcript/Score Report of an individual on behalf of an employer or college. For additional support when verifying a GED as a third party go to GED® Third Party Parchment Support.

If you work for a prison or corrections institution and are requesting for an inmate, please fax requests (including a request form and educational information release form) to (801) 538-7882. If your agency does not have its own request form, please call (801) 538-7509 to request a copy of our Corrections Request Form.

Authentication of GED® Test Documents/Apostille Certification

The Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor

Foreign countries may require some documents to be authenticated prior to processing. In this case the test-taker must contact and work through the Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office, Notary Division. 

Test Preparation

GED® preparation materials may be obtained from libraries, book stores, online, the Utah State LearningExpress Library, and Adult Education programs located throughout the state of Utah.


Policies and Procedures

Utah Adult Education Policies and Procedures Guide

Utah Adult Education Policies and Procedures Guide’s Attending Document of Recent Changes

Utah Adult Education Onsite Program Reviews for 2019-2020

Grant Management

  • Utah Grants is the comprehensive solution for grant life-cycle management, including grant applications, budgeting, awards, revisions, reimbursement requests, progress reports and monitoring.
  • Adult Education Indirect Cost Increase Request
  • To obtain a State Supplemental Application, contact Tandalaya Stitt at (801) 538-7509.


Fees and Tuition Collected in Support of Adult Education Program Period July 1 through June 30
Annual report to the Utah State Board of Education reflecting the monies collected and reported to the district/community-based organizations' business administrator.
Due Annually: September 1

Utah Adult Education Collected Fees Expenditure Plan
Collected Fees Expenditure Plan report an annual expenditure plan to the Utah State Board of Education describing how collected fees from the previous year will be expended in meeting the literacy needs of the adult learner.
Due Annually: September 30

Educator Resources

2021-2022 Professional Development Menu

Supporting Utah Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

Finding the Right Starting Point: Obtaining, Interpreting, and Evaluating International Transcripts
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE)

National Reporting System (NRS) Technical Assistance (TA) Guide

Utah's Online Performance Information for Adult Education (UTopia) Adult Education Management System

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan for the State of Utah
United States Department of Education

Community and Services

2-1-1 Utah: United Way is a program of Community Services Council, that is a free information and referral line for health, human and community services. It provides information and referrals on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child care resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies.

Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is Utah's Job Connection. It is a consolidation of all employment related functions into a comprehensive service delivery system allowing Job seekers and employers to access the services they need without the confusion and burden of working with multiple agencies.

UtahFutures is a web-based career information system that helps students learn more about how his or her personal characteristics can be used in a variety of occupations. The UtahFutures OnRamp is a companion site with additional training and resources for educators.

Professional Development

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) provides free access to communities of practice, self-paced online courses, and searchable resources for adult educators.

Utah Education Network (UEN) Professional Development offers free in-person and online workshops that cover a wide variety of technology and curriculum topics, ranging from basics like how to create presentations and use the internet effectively to sophisticated online authoring with graphic animation.

Utah State Board of Education Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) Education was built by the Utah State Board of Education with the single goal of helping Local Education Agencies (LEAs) provide a simpler, more cost effective way to collect and track professional learning activities for educators.

Professional Organizations

Adult Education Association of Utah (AEAUT)
The mission of the AEAUT, as the primary advocate for lifelong learning opportunities in Utah, is to meet the diverse needs of all Utahns by providing and supporting quality educational opportunities.

Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE)
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education represents the system of 55,000 adult educators in the United States. Membership includes access to professional development webinars, discounted registration for their annual virtual and national conferences, access to a downloadable research journal, and the opportunity to participate in legislative advocacy initiatives, such as the award winning Educate and Elevate national public awareness campaign.

Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (MPAEA)
The mission of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association is to support and promote lifelong learning in the Mountain Plains Region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and beyond). In order to achieve its mission, the association promotes and provides professional development opportunities for adult educators, publishes and distributes relevant information about lifelong learning, and supports and strengthens member associations within the states of the region.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Competition

There are three types of federal AEFLA funds available:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE): Used to fund local programs of adult education literacy services, including workplace literacy services; family literacy services; and English literacy programs.
  • Prisons and Institutions (PI): Used for the cost of educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and for other institutionalized individuals. Priority for program services should be given to individuals likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation.
  • Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE): Services must include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation. Services must be delivered in combination with integrated education and training activities and prepare English learners for unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations.

Spring 2021 Competition

Notice of Request for Proposal Funded Under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II)

Utah Adult Education 2021 AEFLA/WIOA Competition Questions and Answers
Last Updated 3/8/2021 

February 18, 2021
Webinar Time: 8 a.m. - Noon

WIOA Competition Technical Assistance Webinar

February 25, 2021
Demonstrated Effectiveness due by 11:59 p.m.

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