Adult Education - Houston

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Adult learners will find many classes and educational programs available in Houston. Read on to discover the types of programs offered, for whom they are designed, and where they may be found.

Adult Basic Education Options in Houston

Houston Community College's Adult Education Program

Houston Community College has a variety of programs designed to help adults improve their basic academic skills, earn high school diplomas, train for careers and post-secondary educational programs, and learn the English language. Programs include:

  • Adult High School helps adults who have not graduated from high school recover high school credits and earn their diplomas.
  • Adult Basic Education is for adults whose academic knowledge measures at lower than the 8th-grade level.
  • GED prep courses can help students get ready for each of the exam's five subtests.
  • Community Based Job Training pairs adults with nonprofits in the community so they may gain training for professional credentialing while completing the program's required English and basic skills coursework.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes include beginning through advanced instruction in speaking, listening, and literacy skills.
  • The Accelerate Texas Program allows students who earn acceptable scores on Texas placement exams, such as the TABE and TSIA, to simultaneously enroll in adult education courses and classes that are part of select career certificate and degree programs.


The nonprofit organization Avance aims to ready Houston adults for post-secondary education and careers by providing several different types of training:

  • Adult Basic Education and GED prep courses arm adults with basic math, reading, and writing skills and prepare them to take GED tests.
  • ESL classes help non-English-speaking adults develop their English speaking, writing, and reading skills. Classes are available at both the beginner and intermediate levels.
  • GED on the Move helps students prepare for career training and post-secondary academic programs after they earn their GED credentials.
  • General Office Support Specialist training helps students develop the skills required to enter an administrative support career. This program lasts for three months.

Continuing Education Options for Adults in Houston

The University of Houston

Designed to help adults achieve their career and post-secondary educational goals, continuing education and professional studies options at the University of Houston include:

  • Certificate programs provide instruction to paralegals, project managers, supply chain managers, land managers, and other professionals.
  • Professional development training is available to educators who teach pre-AP and AP classes.
  • Sigma Six and Lean Six Sigma training programs prepare professionals for Green and Black Belt certifications.
  • Professional and graduate school admissions exam prep courses are offered to students taking the PMP, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT tests.

Houston Community College's Continuing Education Program

Houston Community College offers dozens of continuing education courses to help adults improve their professional skills and employment opportunities in such areas as:

  • Teaching
  • Firefighting
  • Healthcare
  • Office administration
  • Welding
  • Truck driving
  • Project management
  • Property management
  • Corrections
  • Industrial trades

Online Education Options for Houston Adults

Adults in Houston will also find a variety of online courses designed to help them achieve their educational and career goals.'s online adult education offerings include self-paced exam prep and professional development courses that adults can complete on their own schedules. Some of the course options are outlined below:

  • Test Prep Courses include study guides for the GED as well as the SAT and ACT. Adult learners can also find courses to prepare for graduate school admissions tests - like the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT - or get ready for licensure and certification exams in fields including education, nutrition, real estate, and project management.
  • Professional Development Resources offer training and tutorials to adults who want to improve their business, management, and computer skills. Certificate programs are also available to individuals interested in learning more about topics ranging from art to world religion.
  • Foreign Language Courses provide instruction to English language learners who want to improve their workplace communication skills or prepare for ESL placement exams. Introductory courses in Spanish and French are available as well.

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