Get Your High School Diploma

You can graduate from high school by taking classes online – whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you – through Career Online High School. And, you may be able to apply credits from high school courses you’ve already completed.

Click on the sections below for more information

Why Career Online High School?

Career Online High School gives you the flexibility you need to balance work and school. The program is free to eligible employees. You can:

  1. Earn a diploma at your own pace.
  2. Gain real-world career skills with adult-focused class content.
  3. Get support from academic coaches to help you along the way.

How long will it take to graduate?

The average time to complete is only 8 to 10 months. But you have 18 months to complete the program, so you set the pace that works best for you.

Who’s eligible?

Click on the box below that applies to you.

McOpCo full-time Store Manager Trainee, Certified Swing Manager, Department Manager, or General Manager

You are eligible if:

  • You have a performance rating of “significant performance” or better, maintained throughout the course/program.
  • Your participation is approved by your Supervisor.

McOpCo restaurant Crew, Floor Supervisor, Shift Manager Trainee, Primary Maintenance, or other part-time employee

You are eligible if:

  • You are employed by McDonald’s for at least 9 cumulative months.
  • You work an average of 20 hours per week or more.
  • You have a performance rating of “significant performance” or better, maintained throughout the course/program.
  • Your participation is approved by your Supervisor.

Full-time restaurant manager or staff of participating Franchise Owner/Operator

You are eligible if:

  • You are currently employed by a participating Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You work a minimum of 30 hours per week for that Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are in good standing as determined by the Franchise Owner/Operator.

Restaurant crew, part-time manager or part-time office staff of participating Franchise Owner/Operator

You are eligible if:

  • You are currently employed by a participating Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are employed by the same Franchise Owner/Operator at least 9 cumulative months as of the time of the Tuition Assistance Request application completion.
  • You work an average of 20 hours per week for that Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are in good standing as determined by the Franchise Owner/Operator.

What should I know about Career Online High School?

Before you get started, keep in mind:

  • McDonald’s covers the full cost of the program.
  • You will choose a career path that fits your goals. There are 8 options, which are:
    • General Career Preparation with High School Diploma
    • Retail and Customer Service with High School Diploma
    • Food and Customer Service with High School Diploma
    • Office Management with High School Diploma
    • Certified Protection Officer with High School Diploma
    • Homeland Security with High School Diploma
    • Certified Transportation Services with High School Diploma
    • Child Care Training with High School Diploma
  • You will sign up on the Ed2Go website.
    • You’ll sign up for “Part 1: Prerequisite.”
    • Once you’ve signed up, you will be contacted by the Service Center with next steps.
    • You MUST finish the “Part 1: Prerequisite” course within 2 weeks of enrolling, so be sure to plan ahead and make sure you can commit 8 to 10 hours per week to finish this course in the 2-week window.
    • You should also plan on spending 8 to 10 hours per week on Part 2 of the program.
  • Career Online High School is free for all eligible employees. McDonald’s Corporation covers 100% of tuition. You will have to submit a request for Tuition Assistance online.
  • You will choose a career path that fits your goals. There are 8 options, which are:
    • General Career Preparation with High School Diploma
    • Retail and Customer Service with High School Diploma
    • Food and Customer Service with High School Diploma
    • Office Management with High School Diploma
    • Certified Protection Officer with High School Diploma
    • Homeland Security with High School Diploma
    • Certified Transportation Services with High School Diploma
    • Child Care Training with High School Diploma
  • You will sign up on the Ed2Go website.
    • You’ll sign up for “Part 1: Prerequisite.”
    • You MUST finish the “Part 1: Prerequisite” course within 2 weeks of enrolling, so be sure to plan ahead and make sure you can commit 8 to 10 hours per week to finish this course in the 2-week window.
    • You should also plan on spending 8 to 10 hours per week on Part 2 of the program.

How do I get started?

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Before you get started…

Watch a short video to learn how to register

Make sure you gather the information you’ll need:

  • Your email address, phone number and mailing address.
  • Your employee #.
  • Your store number, city, state and address.
  • Your email address, phone number and mailing address.
  • Your social security number.
  • Your position, length of employment and hours worked/week.
  • Your store number, city, state and address.
  • Your General Manager’s name.

Be sure you have access to a computer with internet. The program will not work from a tablet or phone.

Then, follow these steps.

1. Choose the career path that best fits your goals.

  • Go to the Ed2Go enrollment website at http://www.ed2go.com/mcdonalds/.
  • Want to know more about the 8 career paths available to you? Click on “View Catalog” in the upper left corner of the Ed2Go page. Then, click “Part 1: Prerequisite Course for…” to find out more about each career path.
  • Go to the Ed2Go enrollment website at http://www.ed2go.com/mcdownerop/.
  • Want to know more about the 8 career paths available to you? Click on “View Catalog” in the upper left corner of the Ed2Go page. Then, click “Part 1: Prerequisite Course for…” to find out more about each career path.

2. Enroll in Career Online High School.

  • Click on the “Enroll in Part 1 Prerequisite of your chosen career path” link.
  • Click on “Continue Enrollment.”
  • If you are a new student, click “Create a New Account.”
    • You will need to fill in your information, and your title, store number, contact number and address. Click “Submit.”
  • Within 1 business day, you will get an email from Ed2Go confirming your enrollment.
  • Click on the “Enroll in Part 1 Prerequisite of your chosen career path” link.
  • Click on “Continue Enrollment.”
  • If you are a new student, click “Create a New Account.”
    • You will need to fill in your information, and your title, store number, contact number and address. Click “Submit.”
  • Within 1 business day, you will get an email from Ed2Go confirming your enrollment. This email will also have instructions on how to request Tuition Assistance.
  • Once you’ve requested Tuition Assistance, check your email for confirmation that your request was approved.

3. Take your classes and get your degree!

  • Log in to your Ed2Go account and click on “Enter my classroom” on the home page.
  • Start by completing “Part 1: Prerequisite.Remember, you only have 2 weeks to take this course!
  • Request transcripts. Your Academic Coach will call you and explain how to get transcripts from past schools so that you get credit for courses you already took.
  • Complete “Part 2” of the program within 18 months.

If you have questions or need help signing up contact us at Archways_to_Opportunity@us.mcd.com or at 630-623-1637.

Success Story

Meet Alfreda



Alfreda Brown works as a General Manager for a McOpCo restaurant in Delaware, and has been with McDonald's for 13 years. A year after withdrawing from high school to raise her children, she started as a crew member with McOpCo.

After Alfreda was promoted to a General Manager in 2014, she learned about Archways to Opportunity. Although she had been embarrassed about not having a high school diploma, she took the plunge and spoke to HR and her Supervisor about enrolling in Career Online High School (COHS). And McDonald’s paid all the costs – it was totally free for Alfreda.

Although she found COHS convenient, she shares that it was also a lot of work and that she had to shift her priorities. Alfreda was motivated to show her children and family how important this was to her. “I'm not only telling my children that education is important, I am showing them!” Her family rooted for her every step of the way.

“The COHS has taught me the value of hard work and persistence - and I am proud to say that I am 100% complete. I officially have my accredited high school diploma!”

Alfreda is now enrolled in college!

Meet Jayla



Jayla Reed in the Ohio region was the first employee of a McDonald’s Owner/Operator to graduate from Career Online High School. She celebrated her success with a large group that included her family, Owner/Operator Carl Blickle and many past and present team members. “My coach provided by COHS greatly motivated me to complete the program and obtain my diploma.” Jayla has already inspired others to follow her example. “Give other people the opportunity.” Jayla looks forward to reaching her next goal – earning a college degree.

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