Adult Education

  • The Adult Education program offers educational and employment resources to adults and families in Allegheny County.


    Family Literacy Program

    The AIU's Family Literacy Program provides instruction, resources, and activities for families in Allegheny County to achieve their educational and employment goals.

    Classes for English Language Learners

    General ESL classes help English language learners improve their English and focus on citizenship, workplace or academic skills. Family literacy classes guide parents to develop their own literacy skills and work with their children on early learning activities. To attend these classes you must be an adult, age 18 or older. Students in family literacy classes must also have a child that is eight (8) years old or younger. If you have any questions about registering or general information, call 412-281-4494 or email

    Volunteers for the English Language Learners Program

    Do you want to help the students in our program? We are always looking for ways we can improve what we do. We can use one-on-one tutors, class aides, office helpers, conversation partners, cultural navigators, content experts, translators and guest speakers. If you are interested and believe you can help us or the students in our program, please fill out the volunteer interest form. The program supervisor will reach out to you and schedule a meet and greet/answer any questions that you have. You must be 18 years old or older to volunteer with us.

    Community Partners

    If you are a business, agency, or school that is interested in partnering with our Adult ESL or Family Literacy Program, please contact Clara Folino, Program Supervisor, at 412-394-5839 or

    GED Exam

    The GED, or General Educational Development Test, is actually a series of tests that allows people to be certified with the equivalent of a high school diploma. The test covers four subjects and costs $30. Click through to learn more about the test and how the AIU can help you prepare.

    Pearson VUE Testing Center

    The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is a Pearson VUE electronic testing center and offers more than 70 different exams at an easy to access location in Homestead.

    Allegheny County Jail Education

    From learning basic academic skills to preparing for a career after incarceration, the Adult Basic Education program at Allegheny County Jail are a critical part of the AIU’s offerings. To learn more, contact Joe Tokar, Program Coordinator at 412-350-2249 or