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National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

East Hartford Adult & Continuing Education

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The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) provides an alternative path to achieve a high school diploma for adults in the workforce who have acquired their academic skill through lifetime work experiences and have demonstrated competence in a particular job, talent, or academic area.

The National External Diploma Program offers no classroom instruction but is a series of assessments. An adult who successfully completes the portfolio assessment, as required, is awarded a high school diploma.

The National External Diploma Program measures academic and life skills including:

  • Reading
  • Critical Thinking
  • Oral Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
  • Self Awareness
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Scientific Awareness
  • Social Awareness

The National External Diploma Program is considered an alternative to the GED or Credit Diploma Program for mature adults who are self motivated and self directed.
When a student is admitted into the National External Diploma Program, diagnostic instruments in writing, reading, and math will be administered and required to be mastered.   Students in the program must also demonstrate an individualized skill which might include advanced academic skills, home management experiences, or documentation of a current trade or occupation.

There are no classes to attend and each applicant/candidate is assigned a one-on-one advisor/assessor. Students move at their own pace towards 100% mastery of 65 designated skills. Upon completion of requirements, students are issued a high school diploma by the local school board.  The program can be completed in six months to a year, depending upon each individual.

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