High School Equivalency Certificate (formerly GED)

  • Contact AECPO

    Morton College
    3801 S Central Ave
    Cicero, IL 60804
    (708) 656-8000
    Ext. 2374 & 2373
    Fax: (708) 656-8362
  • AECPO Teaching

    Interested in Teaching?

    Opportunities may include:
    ELA (English Language Acquisition)
    ABE(Adult Basic Education)
    HSEC (High School Equivalency Certificate)

    To apply, call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2368.

  • The High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) is equivalent to 12 years of education in the United States. Morton College offers HSEC preparation courses in Reading, Math and General Test Review. Students who successfully complete the State of Illinois HSEC Tests may participate in the annual Morton College HSEC Recognition Ceremony.


    Morton College receives state and federal funding that allows us to offer classes at a nominal fee of $3.00 per credit hour.

    Requirements for the HSEC (formerly GED) Program

    In order to be eligible to take one of the HSEC tests, an individual must:

    • Be 17 years of age or older
    • Not be a high school graduate or a HSEC credential recipient
    • Have been a resident of the State of Illinois for thirty (30) days

    For more information on the HSEC program, download the HSEC Program Brochure (PDF).

    Adult Basic Education (ABE)

    Students who take the placement exam and whose reading level is determined to be below the 9th Grade level are placed into ABE classes until their reading level reaches the 9th Grade level required for admission into the HSEC program. ABE classes provide instruction in Reading or Math.

    Morton College receives state and federal funding that allows us to offer ABE classes at no cost.

    For more information on the ABE program, call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2373 or 2374.

    i-Pathways® Online Program

    i-Pathways courses provide online preparation for the HSEC test. After completing the placement exam, students who are qualified to enroll in the i-Pathways Online Program will be notified and provided with registration information.

    Morton College receives state and federal funding that allows us to offer i-Pathways classes at a nominal fee of $3.00 per credit hour.


    In order to register for an Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) or i-Pathways (Online HSEC Preparation Program) course, applicants must complete a three-step registration process:

    Step 1 – Register for Program

    Several months prior to the start of class, Morton College will announce dates on which applicants should register for an orientation class at Morton College. After registering, applicants will receive their start date for orientation.

    Applicants can download lists of the next scheduled Adult Education registration dates.

    Step 2 – Attend Orientation

    During orientation, ABE and HSEC students are required to take a reading and/or math exam. The Secretary of the State of Illinois and the Illinois Community College Board, the funding sources for our programs, requires all students to be tested at program entry and also at specified times during the year.

    Step 3 – Placement into Academic Classes

    Orientation students will receive start date/times of classes.