What is Adult Education?
The City's adult education system provides programs and services for adults age 21 or older. Programs and services include free classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages, basic education, vocational education, and workforce development. It involves the work of a variety of City and State agencies, public universities, public libraries, and community-based organizations.
Where can I find classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), basic reading and writing (literacy), GED test preparation, career and technical education, or workforce training?
Classes are located throughout the City, in all five boroughs. You can find information about program locations and phone numbers in our Find a Program search on our Web site.
Are these classes free?
Yes! You do not have to pay to take classes in any publicly-funded literacy or adult education programs. There may be a waiting list at some places, but all classes are free.
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to take these classes?
No! Any person living in the City can take these classes. You do not need to show proof of residency or citizenship.
What is a GED?
What is the Mayor's Office of Adult Education?
Who are the other partners in the Adult Education community?
The MOAE works with a variety of agencies and organizations including the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the City University of New York (CUNY), Department of Education (DOE), Human Resources Administration (HRA ), Department of Correction (DOC), and the Brooklyn, New York, and Queens public libraries.
The Office coordinates with the Mayor's Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) to help expand and develop adult educational opportunities throughout the five boroughs. In addition to City agencies, the Office also works with a range of State and federal agencies to enhance these adult education programs.
What is Health Literacy?
How can I contact the Mayor's Office of Adult Education?