The Adult Education Program is a learning-centered, basic skills program dedicated to student success through improving students' reading, writing, mathematics and English language skills, which enhances both their opportunities and the economic prosperity of the diverse community we serve.

College of the Mainland offers Adult Basic Education courses leading to GED preparation and English as a second language courses at two dozen locations throughout the Mainland Galveston County, Galveston Island and Bay Area Houston/NASA areas. Find useful links to resources for students and faculty and staff

Free Classes

GED Preparation

Our Adult Basic Education courses are perfect for improving reading, writing and mathematics skills and preparing for the General Education Development test. These nine-week courses are tuition free and have convenient schedules during morning, afternoon or evening hours. Students who complete this course and obtain their GED participate in a graduation ceremony.

For information on taking the GED test at COM, click here.

English as a Second Language

Our ESL classes are designed to help students improve their ability to read, write, listen and speak the English language. There is no minimum skill level required. Course are nine weeks and meet at many convenient locations. The tuition is free, and no books are required. Students of all abilities can conveniently achieve their English language goals with College of the Mainland.

Eligibility

Classes are generally nine weeks and enrollment is open to all Texas residents over the age of 18 years who are not currently enrolled in a public school. Residents who are 17 may attend with proof of school withdrawal. Students who are 16 may be accepted under certain conditions. A valid government photo ID showing date of birth is required at registration. Please contact us at 409-933-8294 for more information.

Registration

All ABE/GED and ESL classes require in-person registration and testing. This is done the published day of registration and is on a first-come, first-served basis. COM Adult Education does not accept new students after the week of registration.

Attendance Policy

College of the Mainland Adult Education programs are offered at no cost to the community through a partnership with College of the Mainland, the Texas Education Agency and the U.S. Department of Education. In order to ensure student success and the best use of limited resources, all students are expected to adhere to our rigorous attendance policies. Excessive absenteeism is grounds for being dropped from these classes and may prevent the student from registering for the next term.