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Adult Education Teacher

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors Career Video

About This Career

Teaches or instructs out-of-school youths and adults in basic education, literacy, or English as a Second Language classes, or in classes for earning a high school equivalency credential.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Observes and evaluates students' work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Observes students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicates those objectives to students.
  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.
  • Prepares students for further education by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Instructs students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Assigns and grades class work and homework.
  • Plans and conducts activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Adult Basic Education Instructor (ABE Instructor)
  • Adult Basic Education Teacher (ABE Teacher) — Provides remedial education courses and/or individualized instruction in reading, mathematics and related areas for individuals who do not have a high school education or equivalent certification.
  • Adult Education Instructor — Works with mature students who are seeking intellectual self-enrichment and recreation, as well as those who are seeking academic instruction for career development purposes, by instructing courses as diverse as art, music, languages, business, or cooking.
  • ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language Teacher)
  • GED Teacher (General Educational Development Teacher)
  • Teacher — Plans, organizes and implements an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.
  • ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor)
  • ESOL Teacher (English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher)
  • GED Instructor (General Educational Development Instructor)


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