Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Recognizing the role of the community college in the area of adult education, College of the Desert makes available noncredit courses for development of necessary skills and knowledge in Adult Basic Education (reading, writing, and math), Adult High School Diploma, and preparation for the General Education Development (GED) Test. No enrollment fees are charged to students taking adult education courses.

Many courses are offered on an open-entry, open-exit basis. In addition to regular class offerings, emphasis is placed on self-paced, independent, student-centered learning.

Students interested in completing Adult Basic Education courses may begin the process by completing the Admission Application available online from the College of the Desert website.

Steps to Enrollment:

  1. Complete the online Admission Application (available with Spanish translation only), or visit the Admissions & Records Office.
  2. Reference the Admissions/Adult Basic Education webpage or call (760) 776-7348 to ascertain next steps in preparation of enrolling.
  3. Register
  4. Pay fees.

Instruction is provided in the following areas:

Basic Skills

Basic Skills is the study of reading, writing, and math. It is designed for adults to learn these skills. Basic Skills students will be better prepared to pursue further education, including GED and High School Completion, or pursue employment opportunities. Students may earn the following certificates of completion:

  • Certificate in Reading Completion
  • Certificate in Basic Math Completion
  • Certificate in Advanced Math Completion
  • Certificate in Basic English Completion
  • Certificate in Advanced English Completion

General Education Development Test (GED)

General Education Development (GED) is the study of social studies, math, reading, writing, and science. Students completing this course of study will be better prepared to take the GED test. The GED certificate (Certificate of Completion in Secondary Education/GED) is an alternative to a high school diploma and is accepted by many employers, community colleges, vocational training programs, and governmental agencies. For more information, please call (760) 776-7348.

High School Completion/Diploma

High School Completion is the study of subjects required to obtain a high school diploma. Students completing their required coursework and passing the proficiency exams will receive an Adult High School Diploma issued by College of the Desert. For more information, please call (760) 776-7348.