We offer adult learners who did not complete high school the opportunity to transform their lives by earning a high school diploma, learning to be community leaders, and prepare for careers and employment based on academic requirements.  This opportunity can also prepare students for entrance into college and other postsecondary training.

Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by Cengage Learning and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas.   SHCOE is the world's first online school district.  Texas A&M University is excited to be a part of this partnership.  

[Students must be 16 years of age or older and completed the 8th grade at an accredited institution prior to the first day of class.  Minors will be required to obtain parental consent for acknowledgment of responsibility and enrollment.]

Students must successfully complete a total of 18 units (either through SHCOHS or through a combination of transferred credits from an accredited institution and SHCOHS credits) in the following areas to receive a SHCOHS AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited high school diploma and career certificate:  

  • English (4 credits)    
  • Social Studies (3 credits)
  • Math (3 credits)        
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Health/Personal Fitness (1 credit)
  • Career Elective Courses (4 credits)    

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How The Program Works

Enroll and get Transfer Credit

  • Transfer in high school credits for courses you already completed
  • Virtual Welcome Kit shows you step by step how the program works
  • Welcome phone call kicks off a virtual tour of the online campus (think of it as the first-day-of-school orientation)

Start your online high school diploma courses

  • Available 24/7
  • Instant feedback on lessons and exams
  • Online learning resources including eLibrary, Calendar, and Academic Support Services
  • Your very own Pace Guide to show you how much you need to complete in order to stay on track to graduate

Student Support: Get help whenever you need it

  • Academic Coach
  • Qualified, Certified Instructors
  • Technical Support

Prepare for your career

  • Complete coursework to become certified in your chosen career area (1 of 8 options)
  • Attend online seminars to prepare you for work
  • Career Portfolio helps you prepare resumes, cover letters, and more

Graduate with the following

  • Accredited High School Diploma
  • Career Certificate
  • Career Portfolio with resumes and cover letters
  • Job training and skills

Students have 18 months to complete the high school diploma program; however, many complete the program in 3 to 4 months, depending on how many courses they need.


 Major Corporate Partners provide the program to their employees:  Walmart, McDonald's, and Goodwill.

Strategic Partners: UpSkill America, SkillsUSA, ACTE, Jobs For The Future, and the National Association of Workforce Boards.



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