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High School Equivalency Program Overview

The High School Equivalency (HSE) program at College of the Albemarle’s (COA) College and Career Readiness (CCR) program is designed for adult students who test above a ninth-grade level in math and reading but have not obtained a high school diploma. The program offers instruction to prepare learners to successfully pass a designated HSE assessment. The two nationally-recognized assessments used to obtain a state-issued HSE diploma in North Carolina are GED® and HiSET®.

Instruction is provided in the following subjects:

  • Combined Reading and Writing
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics

Each instructional area aligns with the subject areas on the designated HSE assessment. The HSE program offers:

  • Day and evening classes
  • Online, face-to-face and hybrid (combination of online and face-to-face) instruction
  • Alternative Learning Packets

Class Schedule

Campus Days Times
COA – Elizabeth City Monday – Thursday 8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
5 – 9 p.m.
COA – Dare Tuesday and Thursday 5 – 9 p.m.


To join the HSE program, complete the CCR Application for Admission. Minors between the age of 16 and 17 also qualify for the program. Minor admission requires the parent/legal guardian to complete the Minor Application for Admission. This application must be notarized. Minor applicants whose last school of attendance was within the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Public School System must obtain the Minor Application for Admission from the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools Drop-Out Prevention Coordinator. All others may obtain the application by completing the CCR Minor Application for Admission.

The following documents are required for admission:

  • Social Security Card
  • Unexpired state-issued photo identification (or passport or military identification)

To take the designated HSE assessment, visit Pearson VUE™. There are required testing fees to cover the cost of the test.

For more information about registration or taking the designated HSE assessment, please email or contact:

Denise Lane
Instructional Aide, CCR
COA – Elizabeth City: C 139A
252-335-0821 ext. 2991


The CCR program does not generate or maintain transcripts for HSE students. To obtain your GED or HiSET transcripts, visit Diploma Sender.