GED and Alternative High School Diploma Programs

Come to CCBC and complete your high school studies. Students have the choice of taking classes to prepare to take the GED Exam or completing an assessment of prior learning (based on 67 criteria) towards earning a high school diploma.


Individual six-week classes are offered that will focus on the four subject areas of the GED Exam – Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math.

Cost: $40 per class (*Partially Grant Funded)


Maryland I-Pathways is a free, teacher-supported online learning environment provided by the State of Maryland for GED test preparation. You must be a Maryland resident, be at least 16 years of age, and be officially withdrawn from high school. Eligibility is based on assessment in both reading and math. Applicants must exhibit minimum 9th grade skill levels in order to be enrolled. To obtain additional information and/or to apply, Click “Apply Now” at the right side of the home page. Complete steps 1 + 2. Step 3 is the application. Complete the application and select The Community College of Baltimore County as your testing center.

Cost: No Tuition (*Grant funded)

External diploma program (EDP)

Are you bogged down with family and work commitments and don’t think you have time to go back to school? The external diploma program (EDP) is an option for the more mature adult to earn a high school diploma. There is no classroom instruction involved. However, it requires the demonstration of both academic and functional life skills, including skills related to occupational preparedness.

Each participant works toward a Maryland State High School Diploma by demonstrating reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, problem-solving, and critical thinking academic skills, through the performance of real-life tasks. An entry-level job skill must also be demonstrated. There are a combination of take home assignments with written and oral assessments.

Because this program was designed especially for mature adults, it is:
  • Self-Paced
  • Confidential
  • Conducted weekly through one-on-one appointments with trained assessors

The External Diploma Program is offered on the CCBC Essex and Catonsville campuses.

Cost: $200 (partially grant funded)

Information and pre-screening sessions are by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 443.840.1284.

For more information visit the National External High School Diploma Program website.