What Is a General Correspondence Diploma?

Those who have never completed high school might consider seeking a general correspondence diploma. Unlike the General Educational Development (GED) diploma, a general correspondence diploma is an actual high school diploma. More information on the general correspondence diploma is discussed in detail in the following article.

General Correspondence Diploma

A general correspondence diploma is essentially for those who wish to get a high school diploma. General correspondence diplomas can be obtained through online schools, correspondence schools and through programs available at some colleges. These types of programs are generally conducted through e-mail and physical mail.

Important Facts About General Correspondence Diplomas

Prerequisites Completion of eighth grade
Continuing Education Associate's or bachelor's degree
Key Skills Reading and writing comprehension, computer literacy
Possible Careers Teacher, engineer, nurse, sales manager

How Programs Work

One can enroll in a general correspondence diploma program by phone or the internet. Enrollees receive books and supplemental materials in the mail. Students complete the coursework and take exams at times that are convenient for them. Exams can be mailed or e-mailed. Students move on to the next course of study only after receiving exam grades in their current course.

Most programs require that students complete around 20 credits in order to earn their general correspondence diploma. However, the required number of credits and courses may be determined on an individual basis, following review of an applicant's high school transcripts.

Coursework

Students work at their own pace through courses in several areas of general education study. In addition to required courses, students can choose from a wide range of electives within each of these areas of study. The following list shows some areas of study found in a general correspondence diploma program and the various topics addressed in each area:

  • Mathematics: general math, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry
  • English: composition, grammar and literature
  • Social studies: world history, American history, geography and economics
  • Science: health science, chemistry, physics and general biology
  • Foreign Language: Spanish and French

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