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What is NEDP?
How does NEDP work?
How will I demonstrate the skills I have?
Can my job and home experience help satisfy the requirements?
Will I get a real diploma and can I use it to go to college?
How long does it take to get a diploma?
What kind of adult chooses the National External Diploma Program?
How is the National External Diploma Program different from a traditional high school or a GED program?
How much does it cost?
How do I get started?

What is NEDP

The NEDP is a nationally recognized program designed for adults who want to finish high school. Participants demonstrate their high school level skills in five weekly take-home projects that will be discussed and evaluated by an assessor during a one-to-one weekly appointment. These take home projects provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired through work and life experiences.

NEDP is designed for self-directed adults who prefer to have their practical skills evaluated through the process of completing tasks, rather than through traditional test taking. It is a unique way for individuals to earn a traditional high school diploma by working at their own pace and according to their own schedules.

All National External Diploma Program candidates must demonstrate an entry-level job skill. After completing these requirements you will be awarded a high school diploma from a local Rhode Island school department.

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AT LEAST TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE TO ENTER NEDP.


How Does NEDP work?

  • Prior to entering the NEDP program, RIRAL will administer a math, reading, and writing test. Scores from these tests will determine if the student is ready to begin NEDP assessment. If the scores are not quite at the level they need to be, then the student is encouraged to enroll in an ABE (Adult Basic Education) course to improve some of their basic skills.
  • Once eligible for the program, students will participate in a two session orientation in order to fully understand fully their responsibility in NEDP.
  • The number of RI residents that can participate in NEDP is limited, and the NEDP orientation will be necessary to prove that you will be a good candidate for the program. Once the orientation is completed and candidates are admitted into NEDP, they will meet weekly with an assessor and complete five weekly take home tasks.
  • The student must demonstrate a job related skill

How will I demonstrate the skills I have?

You can demonstrate your skills in many practical ways. For example, you might:

  • write a letter to a member of Congress or to a landlord
  • measure a room for carpeting
  • compute interest on a charge card

Can my job and home experience help satisfy the requirements?

Yes. As a part of your participation in the National External Diploma Program, you will need to demonstrate that you have either a job skill, specialized skill, or advanced academic skills. You can demonstrate these skills through:

  • a current occupation or trade
  • home management experience
  • advanced academic skills
  • training in a new field

Will I get a real diploma and can I use it to go to college?

Yes! You will receive a high school diploma. It will come from Woonsocket, Central Falls, Cranston, or Newport depending on where you live. You may then apply to any college, just like any other high school graduate. Remember, colleges have varying admissions standards to which all applicants must adhere, regardless of where they obtain their diploma.


How long does it take to get a diploma?

Completing the program takes an average of six months. Your skill level and the amount of time you can devote to the program determine the length of time required.


What kind of adult chooses the National External Diploma Program?

Adults who:

  • are self-directed and mature
  • may be concerned about confidentiality
  • want recognition of their lifelong learning and employment experiences
  • prefer to demonstrate their knowledge in practical ways

How is the National External Diploma Program different from a traditional high school or GED program?

NEDP is designed especially for mature adults. It is:

  • self-paced
  • confidential
  • not curriculum-driven
  • conducted through one-on-one appointments with trained advisors and assessors

It also offers participants:

  • flexible scheduling
  • the ability to choose their instructional resources
  • mastery, without requiring classroom time

Where can I find an NEDP program near me?

NEDP Assessment sites are offered throughout Rhode Island. Call RIRAL at 401-762-3841 for a program near you.


How Much does it Cost?

The total cost of the program is $275, The initial payment of $75.00 is due when you begin and receive your materials. The remaining $200.00 may be paid be you are assigned an assessor.


How do I Get Started?

Call RIRAL at (401)762-3841 for more information about the National External Diploma Program.

 

 To register for classes, contact RIRAL at 401-762-3841 or e-mail riral@riral.org

 

RIRAL
191 Social Street
Suite 11, 3rd Floor
Woonsocket, RI 02895
p: 401-762-3841
f: 401-762-4396
 
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