Adult literacy and GED teachers work with a variety of adult students to teach them basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and other core subjects. They will plan curriculums and work with students, both individually and in a group setting, to guide them towards their goals. This usually includes earning a GED or developing stronger language skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists the following duties as some of the core responsibilities for adult literacy and GED teacher jobs:
- Evaluate each student's strengths and weaknesses and help them achieve their educational goals.
- Plan instruction to help students earn their GED or improve their language skills.
- Provide student assessments to look for possible learning disabilities.
- Help students develop stronger study skills that will lead them towards their goals.
In many cases, teachers will help develop an individualized education program (IEP) for students. In addition, they may also provide students with information on community resources, options for job placement assistance, and other services that may help them personally and professionally.
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Becoming an Adult Literacy and GED Teacher
In order to pursue adult literacy and GED teaching careers you will need to have at least a bachelor's degree and appropriate teacher certification. Certification requirements will depend on the state in which you live, but usually include the completion of an accredited bachelor's program and an approved teacher-training program. Some employers may even prefer to hire instructors who have a master's degree in adult literacy education. Graduate certificates are also commonly available in this area of study.
In addition to core general education courses required for all four-year degree programs, students will learn important concepts in curriculum development, teaching fundamentals, and educational evaluation. Students will then participate in practicum course work. This will allow them to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned throughout the program in an actual classroom under the supervision of an experienced instructor. Below are some courses you might expect from this type of program:
- Educational Psychology
- Adult Learning
- Human Development
- Teaching Fundamentals and Practice
After the completion of their degree and certification, adult literacy and GED teachers are frequently required to take continuing education courses. This ensures they stay up to date with industry practices and educational research. This may be required by the specific employer or by the state as a stipulation to maintain licensure.