NYS High School Equivalency Diploma

Houghton University offers homeschool students who complete 24 college credits of select early college courses the opportunity to receive a New York State Education Department’s High School Equivalency Diploma.

How It Works

Choose Your Courses

Select early college courses to fulfill the 24-hr requirement for your diploma.

Review Diploma Requirements


Complete the brief course registration form to take your course online or on Houghton’s campus.

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Apply for Your Diploma

Fill in the courses listed on your official Houghton transcript and submit to the NYS Education department.

Review NYS Guidelines

Diploma Requirements

New York State requires 24 credit hours of coursework in multiple academic areas. All courses listed below are 3 credits unless indicated otherwise. Fulfill NYS requirements by choosing from the courses below:

English Language Arts [6 credits]

Pick Two 

  • WRIT 101: Writing in the Liberal Arts
  • WRIT 217: Professional Writing

Natural Science [3 credits]

  • BIOL 115: Elements of Nutrition

Humanities [3 credits]

Pick one

  • BIBL 101: Biblical Literature
  • HUM 101: Enduing Questions: The Ancient and Medieval World
  • HUM 102: Enduring Questions: The Early Modern World
  • MHS 223: History of Rock and Roll
  • PHIL 202: Metaphysics, Morality, and Mind
  • HUM 295: ST: The Deeper Magic: An Introduction to C.S. Lewis

Mathematics [3 credits]

Pick one 

  • MATH 170:  Calculus I with Precalculus A (4)
  • MATH 171: Calculus I with Precalculus B (4)

Social Science [3 credits]

Pick one 

  • PSY 111: Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Imagination
  • POLS 205: In Search of Justice
  • POLS 220: The American Political System
  • POLS 230: Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 260: Introduction to Political Thought

Electives [6 credits]

Pick two 

  • COMM 215: Interpersonal Communication
  • STEM 142: Science & Society (2)
  • DSCI 151: Data Science for Beginners
  • DSCI 152: Data Science Fundamentals