Become a High School Graduate in Ohio: HS Diploma Programs

In Ohio, adults who want to earn a high school diploma instead of a GED may consider one of two programs. The Adult Diploma program earns a state-issued high school diploma and the 22+ Adult High School Diploma program earns a diploma as well as industry credentials in certain career fields.

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Ohio Adult High School Diploma Programs

There are two track options for adults, age 22 and above, seeking to earn a high school diploma in Ohio: the Adult Diploma Program and the 22+ Adult High School Program.

Prerequisites and Enrollment Requirements

According to Chapter 3301-43 of the Ohio Revised Code, individuals entering an adult high school diploma program must be at least 16 years old and not hold a high school diploma or equivalent. However, to be granted credits and complete an adult high school program, an individual must be at least 22 years old. Residency in the state of Ohio and the district granting the credits is required. The individual must also not be currently enrolled in high school. There is no prerequisite number of high school credits required for enrollment.

Program Overview and Completion Requirements

Adult Diploma Program

The Adult Diploma Program provides adults, age 22 and over, the option of receiving a state-issued Ohio high school diploma as well as industry credentials for in-demand technical fields such as EMT, IT Support, Dental Assistant, Automotive, and Administration.

This program does not measure credits or class hours. Instead it is designed to ensure the student's mastery of skill in the chosen career path through competency-based tests. The student will work with the provider to create an individual self-paced plan to achieve this goal so the duration of the program will be based on the customized plan. Students are required to pass the ACT WorkKeys exam to demonstrate mastery of the skill but do not have to pass the OGT/Proficiency test.

22+ Adult High School Diploma Program

Alternatively, the 22+ Adult High School Diploma program helps adults, age 22 and over, earn a high school diploma through courses and assessments identified by counselors for each student's individual need. This program is best suited for adults who want to earn a High School Diploma and want to pursue any career field (not just in-demand jobs).

The 22+ Adult High School Diploma program does not have a minimum number of credits required for graduation but there is a 2-year maximum limit for the duration of the program. Students must meet the graduation requirements set in their individual plan and must pass the OGT/Proficiency test.

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