Navigate Up
Sign In

Register for Adult Education Classes

Registration Process

  • Gather information: Review the Course Catalogue to get a better understanding of the classes available for study as well as the variety of schedules and credit hour formats available at each college.
  • Qualify: Check the prerequisites for attending Adult Education classes at City Colleges of Chicago
    Counseling: Contact your local Adult Education department to be advised on the best course of study to meet your needs.   
  • Assessment: Before enrolling in classes, all students must complete a placement and/or progress examination to determine student placement.
  • Register: Find out the time and date for registration at the campus you would like to attend.

Adult Education Classes

  • General Educational Development (GED) exam: to earn a high school equivalency
  • English as a Second Language (ESL): to learn the English language
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE): for adults who wish to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills
  • U.S. citizenship: for adults working toward U.S. citizenship

Required Documents - proof of residency

  • State of Illinois I.D. (state identification or driver's license)
  • ESL students may use Matricula Consular

Register for Adult Education Classes

  • Testing and registration begins Monday March 26th and ends Friday May 17th.
  • Get started by visiting or calling the Adult Education Department at (312) 850-7300. 
  • Take and test and register at 9:00 am or 4:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 9:00 am on Saturdays.
  • Plan on two to three hours to complete the testing and registration process. 
Adult Education Offices:


  • In general, students must be at least 18 years old in order to enroll in adult education classes. However, 16 and 17 year-olds may register with an official release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high school. 
  • (Recent arrivals to Chicago age 16 - 18 must have a parent or guardian fill out a form verifying that they have never attended a Chicago-area public school.)
  • Students who have F1, F2, H1, J1, or J2 visas are not eligible to enroll in adult education classes, nor are students who are short-term visitors to the U.S.


​Adult Education classes are free according to the rules of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).


​In general, classes are held in the morning from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and evening from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


​People in need of basic skills education, GED preparation courses, and English as a Second Language qualify for Adult Education courses. See eligibility requirements above for more information.

Contact Information

(312) 850-7300
1900 W. Van Buren
Room 2308 / Bridge Center
Chicago, IL 60612
Get Directions

Learn More