The programs in this directory are funded by the Maryland Department of
Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Additional adult education programs in Maryland can be found by clicking on the
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Definitions of Program Abbreviations
You will find several abbreviations for program names in the directory. They are listed below with their
ABE (Adult Basic Education)
Adult Basic Education is a federally funded basic skills program that provides instruction in classroom sites
throughout Maryland. Basic skills teachers work with low literacy students, as well as more highly skilled students.
The General Educational Development Program prepares students to take the GEDŽ tests; successful completion of the
tests results in the awarding of a Maryland High School diploma.
(NEDP) Maryland National External Diploma Program or MAEDP (The Maryland Adult External Diploma Program)
The External Diploma Program is a competency-based program that provides an alternative route to a high school
diploma for adults.
ESL (English as a Second Language) or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
ESL or ESOL programs provide literacy classes for the foreign-born.