Adult Education

Call the Adult Education Hotline! 
Llame a nuestra línea directa de educación para adultos!


Welcome! The Adult Education Division at the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) exists to support adults to strengthen their core academic skills and meet their personal, educational, and career goals. We offer adults a range of opportunities, and all of them are free! Learn more through the links below.
Click Here for Information on the National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

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High School Equivalency (HSE)

There are many reasons why an adult may not have completed high school. We respect the different life paths that have led you to us. Here, find all the information to help yourself or a loved attain High School Equivalency (HSE).


English as a Second Language (ESL)

New Mexicans speak many different languages. Find information about learning English as a second (or third! or fourth!) language and programs around the state that provide this service.


Adult and Family Literacy

Adult Literacy focuses on developing basic skills, often through one-on-one or small group tutoring.  Family literacy is culturally-relevant learning for the whole family! Find programs that provide these free services.


Workforce Preparation & Career Pathways

Discover how Adult Education programs can help you learning about high-demand occupations, prepare to join the workforce, and explore career pathways.  


Adult Education Information Clearinghouse

Adult Education is so much more than high school equivalency. Find fact sheets, data and reports, press coverage, and other information about how adult education serves New Mexicans. 


Funding Opportunities and Past Competitions

Find information on current finding competitions, when future Requests for Applications will be released, and which programs have been awarded funding in recent competitions.


Contact the Adult Education Division

Amber Gallup

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Dené Shelton
Program Specialist

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Debbie Dolbow
Finance Officer 

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Dr. Katya Backhaus                                                                                         
State High School Equivalency & Data Administrator

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CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please send us a message.