High School Equivalency

(Formerly GED)

Adult Enrichment Center

The High School Equivalency program targets the adult learner who desires to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. The program is administered by the College and Career Readiness Department of Edgecombe Community College.


Admission into the High School Equivalency program requires that prospective students meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older. Students who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete an admissions packet requiring the written permission of the principal, superintendent, and parent or legal guardian.
  • Complete student application and registration forms.


Books are supplied by the college for student use in class.

Testing Fees

Students taking the High School Equivalency test must pay a testing fee prior to registering for any official computer or paper based test. Students also must submit a copy of their social security card and approved photo identification.


In order to prepare for the High School Equivalency test, a student must gain competency in the following subjects: Writing, Literature, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

Off Campus

Edgecombe Community College operates off-campus classes for High School Equivalency students in Edgecombe County. Classes may be held at any approved location where 15 or more students complete the registration process and attend regularly. Please contact Jerry Harper at (252) 823-5166, ext. 379, for more information about attending or starting an off-campus class.

Time Frame

Hours of attendance or completion are not predefined. However, careful emphasis is placed on competency and the successful completion of expected objectives. Learning materials are semi-programmed and students progress at their own rate of learning. Students may continue to work and re-enroll in the program until they successfully complete all of requirements necessary to earn a credential.

Requirements for Graduation

Guidance and counseling services are provided by the Adult Enrichment Center staff. An individual study plan will be provided to each student.

Transcripts and Diplomas

For Diplomas Awarded 2014 or Later

Test-takers who passed the 2014 test are emailed an electronic copy of their diploma and transcript free of charge. There also is an option available to order a professionally printed North Carolina GED® diploma, which also is free of charge. Duplicate transcript requests may be requested for a cost of $15.00 each. Students may access their MyGED.com accounts for subsequent requests and may forward their electronic transcripts to prospective employers, colleges, or universities. Most requests will be fulfilled within a span of two hours to three days.

For Diplomas Awarded 2002-2013

Students who graduated 2002 – 2013 and are seeking duplicate transcripts should complete the HSE Transcript Request Form in its entirety and submit per the directives on the form. Employers and educational institutions seeking graduation verification for any student who graduated between 2002 – 2013 should complete the HSE Verification Form and submit per the directives on the form.

For Diplomas Awarded 1942-2001

The North Carolina Community College System will fulfill requests for the years 1942-2001 at no charge. Download request forms.