Program Information | Educational Programs

Adult Education

Adult education courses consist of classroom-based and voluntary educational programming designed for offender-students of all grade levels including Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency, and High School Diploma Programs.

ABE covers basic non-readers and English language learners with a grade level equivalency of 0-6.9. Classes are designed specifically for offender-students and are taught by teachers with valid credentials from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Subjects include English, Language Arts, and Mathematics. Teachers provide offender-students with interactive, engaging, and relevant instruction aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) also offers High School Equivalency and High School Diploma Programs which aim to get offender-students an accredited High School Diploma or High School Equivalency, allowing offender-students the ability to continue their pathway to success, including post-secondary education.

Assignments for ABE, High School Equivalency, and High School Diploma Programs can occur though classroom-based programming or the Voluntary Education Program, which provides offender-students with an opportunity to receive additional tutoring that includes individualized instruction through offender peer tutoring, correspondence coursework, and large and small group instruction.

Offender-students may be eligible to earn Milestone Completion Credit(s) in accordance with the California Code of Regulations Title 15.


Adult education is available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

Adult education’s average course length per grade-level is typically one-year.


Offender-students are placed in the appropriate ABE class level according to their Test of Adult Basic Education reading score. Classification Committees assign offender-students who do not have a verified High School Equivalency or a High School Diploma.

Adult Education Contact Information:

(916) 445-8035