ABE and GED Course FAQs
What’s the difference between the Adult Education, Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED) Preparation, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs?
Adult Education is the practice of teaching and educating adults. This often happens in the workplace, through 'extension' or ' continuing education' courses at secondary schools, at a college or university.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) – Courses of instruction designed to improve the employability of the state’s workforce through instruction in reading, mathematics, language, and workplace readiness skills at grade-level equivalency of 0.0 – 8.9.
GED Preparation – Courses of instruction designed to improve the employability of the state’s workforce through instruction in reading, mathematics, language, and workplace readiness skills. Enrollment in this class requires a 9.0 Grade Equivalency on the TABE.
ESOL Program – A program of non-credit English language courses designed to improve the employability of the state’s workforce through acquisition of communication skills and cultural competencies which enhance the ability to read, write, speak and listen in English.
When do courses start?
Courses start at the beginning of each semester. If seats in a classroom are available at midterm, some students may be entered in the Adult Education program. Entry will be based on the availability of classroom seats in specific subject levels and according to the student’s educational functioning level.
What is the difference between ESOL and ESL?
ESOL means English for Speakers of Other Languages. ESL means English as a Second Language. The two terms are interchangeable.
Do I need a Social Security number to participate?
Students who do not have a social security number can still register and take all of our ESOL and Adult Basic Education courses.
How long will it take me to complete the program and prepare for the GED® Test?
This varies according to the student’s educational progress, class attendance and completion of assignments.
How much does it cost?
The 2011 Florida Legislature adopted Adult Education tuition. Student tuition is $30 per semester.
How old does one need to be to take an Adult Education, GED or ESOL class?
At least 16 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must complete a Parental Consent Form
(.pdf), which gives the student’s admission to the Adult Education program. Please fax or mail the form to the Program Coordinator: Tallahassee Community College, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304-2859 or (850) 201-8617.
When can I start my course or training program?
At the beginning of each term or at the midterm if a TCC application and TABE have been completed.
What else do I need?
Commitment and a positive attitude.
How long are the courses?
Each course lasts a semester.
Do I need to buy books?
No. All books are provided free of charge for our Adult Education, GED or ESOL classes. However, you will need basic school supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, folders, etc.
Where are classes located?
Tallahassee Community College provides GED, Adult Education and English as a Second Language classes on the main campus and throughout the Big Bend Region.
Do I have to enroll in the College in order to attend an Adult Education, GED or ESOL class?
How do you become an instructor for the Adult Education, GED and ESOL programs?
Instructors are required to have a bachelor degree and complete a TCC staff employment application. The application should be filled out online. It will be listed with any job openings.
How can I learn more about TCC's Adult Education Program?
Call (850) 201-8760, e-mail: AE@tcc.fl.edu
, and/or visit our Adult Education pages.
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