NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION • 52 CHAMBERS STREET • NEW YORK, NY 10007 •
Parents’ Guide to Adult Education
For more than 40 years, the Department of Education has provided adult education services to New York City
residents. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of New Yorkers. Many New York City
parents use our classes to acquire the literacy skills or basic educational background they need to get
involved in their children’s education.
What are Adult Education classes?
The Office of Adult and Continuing Education offers three types of class for New York City’s adult learners.
These classes are:
Basic Education – Literacy through preparation for the General Educational Development (GED)
English as a Second Language (ESL) – beginning to advanced levels; and
Career and Technical Education (CTE) – computer literacy, health careers, technology, auto
mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical training.
Classes are offered throughout the five boroughs at all times of the day to meet the scheduling needs of
students. All New York residents over the age of 21 are eligible to enroll in Adult Education classes,
regardless of their immigration status and regardless of whether they have already earned high school
How can I enroll in an Adult Education class?
Each borough has a Learning Center where adult students can register for classes. The contact information
for each borough’s Learning Center is listed on the back of this guide. Students registering for classes will be
asked to come in for an interview where they will be given a description of the available class offerings. Then,
students will go through an assessment session with a case manager. Upon completion of the assessment,
students are placed according to their needs.
Students registering in a basic education, ESL, or GED class do not need to provide their social security
numbers. Students who register in a CTE class that leads to certification may b