Adult Education

Maine Adult Education is a public education and career pathways system that enables adults to be prepared for post-secondary education and/or employment. Over 70 adult education programs throughout Maine provide a range of instructional services to help adults develop the skills for further educational opportunities, job training, and better employment, and to realize their full potential as productive workers, family members and citizens. 

Adults seeking to further their education or advance their career can enroll in adult education courses in literacy and adult basic education, high school completion, English language acquisition, Maine College Transitions, career preparation and enrichment. Instruction is aligned with the adult learners’ goals and focused on supporting their efforts to meet the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education, developed for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education and adopted by the Maine adult education system.

The Maine adult education system partners with the Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA), Maine CareerCenters, local employers, higher education, and community agencies to maximize the education and training opportunities for its adult learners.

For more information on the local adult education program near you, please view our Maine Adult Education Directory.

Maine DOE Newsroom for Adult Education
Maine Adult Education can be a stepping stone to new careers (Business Journal 2023)


From July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, over 11,000 adult learners participated in Maine adult education programming in one or more of the following areas: High School Completion, College Transitions, and/or Workforce Training and Development. During the 2022-23 academic year, 969 adult education students earned a high school credential and adult learners received over 2,800 certifications and credentials of value in high demand career fields. Data Fact Sheet (PDF).