Adult Education and Literacy

Congratulations on taking the first step towards your educational goals! Here is some important information to help you understand our program goals and potential outcomes.

Because every student has different needs it is impossible to give a timeline of when one will finish the class. The amount of time and effort put into the program and the starting skill levels determine when an individual is ready to take the HiSET test. To make significant gains toward getting a high school equivalency diploma, it is important to attend every class session.

The AEL program is free to everyone.  If you are taking the HISET test, there is a cost associated with it. We do not administer the test; we only prepare you to take the test.

Students must be 16 year of age or older. Parents of 16 and 17 year old students are required to attest students are no longer enrolled in school and have permission to attend Adult Education and Literacy classes.*

College Placement, Career and Military exams

If you already have your high school diploma but want to score better on the ASVAB or college entrance exams, or job related testing such as WorkKeys (NCRC), the AEL program can assess your knowledge and help you focus on those specific skills and learn the concepts needed to score higher on any academic test.

High School Completion

Many people who did not finish high school have knowledge and skills comparable to people who did graduate. Most employers, colleges and universities, and the military accept a HSE (High School Equivalency) certificate as being equivalent to a high school diploma. For specific HSE testing information, please click here.

We have several class locations to serve you with both morning and evening classes. We also offer basic computer training, literacy tutoring, and life-skills instruction.

Orientation Requirements

All classes require an orientation during which class requirements will be discussed and testing assessments will be completed. The orientation schedule is available here: http://www.eastcentral.edu/ael/class-locations-information/adult-education-classes/

Orientation registration; send an email to ael@eastcentral.edu or fill out the form below:

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*Effective August 28, 2009, Missouri law requires that 16 year olds seeking admission to an AEL class verify completion of 16 units of high school credit. An official transcript indicating completion of 16 units of high school credit must be furnished at enrollment.

To register, email ael@eastcentral.edu or call (636) 584-6533 or
(844) ECC-4AEL (844-322-4235)