Adult learning programs

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) offers a variety of free educational programs for adults across the province.

NSSAL programs are designed to serve Nova Scotian adults who want to: improve their essential skills which include reading, math, computer, and other important academic and workplace skills; work towards a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults or prepare for the General Education Development (GED) tests; and/or upgrade their high school credits to qualify for post-secondary education.

Eligibility

For programs offered at Community Learning Organizations and to write the GED*, NSSAL learners must be:

  • a Nova Scotia resident;
  • a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident or refugee/protected persons;
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • currently not in school; and
  • sufficiently proficient in speaking and listening in the language of instruction to benefit fully from NSSAL programs.**

* To write the GED, you must not have a high school diploma recognized by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

** This eligibility requirement does not apply to a Deaf learner.

To enroll in the Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults, NSSAL learners must:

  • be a Nova Scotia resident;
  • be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident or refugee/protected persons;
  • be 19 years of age or older;
  • not currently be in school;
  • not already have a high school diploma recognized by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; and
  • be sufficiently proficient in speaking and listening in the language of instruction to benefit fully from NSSAL programs.*

* This eligibility requirement does not apply to a Deaf learner.

Programs

A variety of programs are offered in English and French for adults with different educational levels and needs.

To find out which program is right for you, please contact our Adult Education Coordinators (PDF) near you.

Adult Learning Program Level 1 and 2

For adults who need to develop a wide variety of reading, writing, math and basic science skills.

Adult Learning Program Level 3

For adults who need to improve their academic skills before entering Level 4. Many students use this program to prepare for the GED tests.

Adult Learning Program Level 4

Includes several separate courses that you can use toward a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults.

Public School Program for Adults

Some regional centres for education across the province offer grade 11 and 12 courses through adult high schools. You can take these classes to earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults.

General Education Development (GED) prep courses

Courses to prepare for the GED tests are available at some community learning organizations (PDF).

Locations

Adult learning programs are offered through our partner organizations around the province. Program availability may vary between regions and providers.

To find a program near you, please view the lists of community learning organizations and adult high schools.

Adult Learning Program Level 4 is offered in English through Nova Scotia Community College and in French through Université Sainte-Anne.

Contact

For more information or how to register for courses, call toll-free 1-877-466-7725.

Or contact your local:

Contact information

877-466-7725 (Toll-free)
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