Adult Education


Adult education empowers individuals to become self-sufficient, with skills necessary for future employment and personal successes. We assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency while completing a secondary education.

Utah Adult Education is a program of instruction below the collegiate level for adults. Utah Adult Education is comprised of Adult High School Completion (AHSC/ASE), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learners (ELL), and GED® preparation.

Utah State Board of Education, Adult Education Services: Directory of Utah Adult Education Programs 2018-2019


Adult Basic Education (ABE):

  • ABE services are for adults who lack high school level skills and need to improve basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
  • ABE services include classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, computer-assisted instruction and distance learning.
  • ABE services are delivered by a diverse provider network composed of community-based organizations (CBOs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), community colleges, workplaces, labor unions, and correctional education.

Adult High School Completion (AHSC):

English Language Acquisition (ELA):

  • ELA programs are designed to help English Language Leaners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language. In addition to language instruction, ELA programs are designed to assist learners in transitioning to programs that lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, post-secondary education and training, or employment.
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education


Residents of the state of Utah (individuals 18 or older and out-of-school youth ages 16 or older) who are legal residents of the United States, making Utah their permanent home.

Non-residents (individuals 18 or older and out-of-school youth ages 16 or older) may participate in adult education programs but must pay full fees and tuition to participate equal to the nearest college or university.

Utah’s Online Performance Information for Adult Education (UTopia) Adult Education Management System
Provides live data tracking of student outcomes in all adult education programs across the state thus ensuring compliance with federal and state standards and guidelines. The system encompasses individual program as well as state reporting needs.

The adult education programs of Utah do not discriminate in its programs based on race, color, national origin, sex or disabilities.


Adult Education Works in Utah
Each year Utah adult education programs prepare over 20,000 students from diverse backgrounds and abilities for better lives.

Adult Education Facts 2014-2015
3,381 youth 16-18 years of age were enrolled in adult education across the state during the 2014-2015 program year. That is equivalent to three “large school” K-12 graduation classes.

Fact Sheet: Utah Adult Education
Adult Education promotes programs in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult High School Completion (AHSC), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and General Educational Development (GED®).

National Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education
The NRS is the accountability system for the Federally funded adult education program and includes training resources, guidelines, and related documents used to assist state staff and local program directors in managing reporting systems.

Total Number Served by State/Federal Funded Adult Education Programs by County (2014-2015)
Identifies by county, total number of Utahns age 25 and over without a high school diploma and total Utahns served by Adult Education.

Who Benefits from Adult Education
Adult Education programs serve students according to eligibility criteria.


Independent Compliance Audit

All adult education programs are required on an annual basis to contract with an independent accountant to validate program outcomes. Independent auditors are required to submit a copy of the agreed upon procedures report and the written findings describing exceptions, errors, or discrepancies, if any, and the Adult Education Summary with the district/community-based organization and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) adult education coordinator, no later than September 15 of each year.



Program Directors/Coordinators are vital to the success of local community’s adult education program by providing responsible day-to-day leadership and structure for the staff and volunteers who interact with the adult education student.

Directors/Coordinators provide assurance to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) that local programs and program sites:

  • Provide curriculum that has strong intensity and duration focused on meeting the needs of adult learners.
  • Provide a program that is financially sound.
  • Provide leadership in cooperation with agencies in providing wrap-around service for the adult learners including economic, employment and advanced education or training opportunities that will lead adult education students to be self sufficient.

2019 Events Calendar

Utah Adult Education Desk Monitoring and Program Site Reviews for 2018-2019 

Utah State Adult Education Program Funding Fiscal Year 2019

Policies and Procedures

Utah Adult Education Policies and Procedures Guide



  • Grant Reimbursement Requests
    USBE Financial Operations Utah Grants
    Reimbursement requests must be received by the 17th of the month/quarter to be processed for payment the following month. Requests received later than the 17th will be processed in the next cycle.


  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) Competition: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 2018-2019 Application (Information coming soon)



Adult Education Successes: End-of-Year Program Summary
Annual narrative report of program’s successes and areas for program improvement.
Due Annually: July 15

Fees and Tuition Collected In Support of Adult Education Program
Annual report to the USBE reflecting the monies collected and reported to the district/community-based organizations' business administrator.
Due Annually: September 1

Guide for Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements for Local Education Agencies and Community-Based Organizations
This report, completed by an independent auditor, verifies program outcomes.
Due Annually: September 15.

Utah Adult Education Collected Fees Expenditure Plan
Collected Fees Expenditure Plan report an annual expenditure plan to the USBE describing how collected fees from the previous year will be expended in meeting the literacy needs of the adult learner. 
Due Annually: September 30.

Department of Workforce Services (DWS)

Department of Workforce Services
The Department of Workforce Services is "Utah's Job Connection." DWS is the product of Utah's bold vision for the future of quality workforce development. It is a consolidation of all employment related functions into a comprehensive service delivery system. Now job seeker and employer customers can access the services they need without the confusion and burden of working with multiple agencies.

DWS Contacts by Service Area

Workforce Services Employment Center Locations

College for Adults
Website designed by the National College Transition Network (NCTN) for independent study or as a supplement for in-class study. It teaches study skills, links to sites with academic online preparation, and guides prospective college students through offices such as admissions and student support.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Many clients present with disabilities that may hinder their successes academically and economically. Vocational rehabilitation information is located on the Workforce Services Rehabilitation website.


2019 Events Calendar

The commercial products and websites included are for your information and use only and not a requirement from the Utah State Board of Education's (USBE) Adult Education Services.

Adult Education and Literacy
United States Department of Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL)
Promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem solving.

American Community Survey (ACS)
United States Census Bureau
Provides information on the ongoing American Community Survey. The survey is sent to a small sample of the populace, and it provides information on what the population looks like and how it lives. The information obtained helps communities determine where to locate services and allocate resources.

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
A national dissemination and professional development system providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources.

National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC)
Incorporated in 1990 by state adult education directors, provides professional development, policy analysis, and dissemination of information important to state staff in adult education.

Academic Accommodations

Accommodations Ideas for Adult Learners

Accommodations Ideas for Adult Learners with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

GED® Testing and Preparation

UtahFutures: College and Career Ready
A web-based career information system that helps students learn more about how his or her personal characteristics can be put to good use in a variety of occupations.

Community and Students

2-1-1 Utah: United Way
A program of Community Services Council, that is a free information and referral line for health, human and community services. It provides information and referrals on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child care resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies.

Department of Workforce Services (DWS)
DWS offers a wealth of information for the job seeker including job fair listings, resources, and tips to help finding a job easier.

PANDA Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists
Shared through the cooperation of the Minnesota Adult Education Services as a resource only. This website contains information describing identification and diagnosis, classroom challenges, instructional strategies, testing accommodations, English Language Learner (ELL) applications and resources.

Professional Development

Professional development ensures and empowers teachers to utilize current best practices in providing curriculum that meets the student’s ever-changing needs. Professional development resources and opportunities will be provided as they become available.

Edtech Center World Education: Online Professional Development
World Education offers online professional development opportunities that include self-paced tutorials or courses facilitated by prominent specialists in their field. The site includes course descriptions, schedules, fees, and how to register.

Institute for the Professional Development of Adult Educators (IPDAE)
A resource center that offers information, training and professional development resources for adult educators.

Kentucky Adult Education

Mountain Plains Adult Education Association
The Mountain Plains Adult Education Association serves members in an eight-state region. The original charter and founding policies were developed in 1945. The four original states were Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In 1961, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada joined. Montana became the eighth state in 1988.

National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN)
An association for those who serve adults with special learning needs. NAASLN members include educators, trainers, employers and human service providers. NAASLN’s goal is to ensure that adults with specific learning needs have the opportunities necessary to become successful lifelong learners.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) for Adult Educators
Provides information on video and print materials available for EL Civics curriculum, a collection of online articles and websites links, and information on workshops.

System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)
Provides information that promotes high quality adult basic education services through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs.

Utah Association of Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (UAACCE)
The mission of the UAACCE, as the primary advocate for lifelong learning, is to meet the diverse needs of all Utahns by providing and supporting quality educational opportunities.

Utah Education Network (UEN) Professional Development
Offers free in-person and online workshops that cover a wide variety of technology and curriculum topics, ranging from basics like how to create presentations and use the internet effectively to sophisticated online authoring with graphic animation.

The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Provides adult education and literacy resources, publications, and training for teachers of adults in Virginia. The website contains information on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, learning disabilities, literacy programs, reading and technology, GED®, and workforce education. The site contains lesson plans, useful websites and publications. It also contains a feature where questions can be emailed in and answers provided.