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Adult Literacy And Remedial Education Teachers Career

Career Description

An Adult literacy and remedial education teacher instructs adults and out-of-school youths in reading, writing, speaking English, and performing elementary mathematical calculations—basic skills that equip them to solve problems well enough to become active participants in our society, to hold a job, and to further their education.

Common Work Tasks

  • Teach basic academic courses in mathematics, languages, history, reading, writing, science, and other areas, using instructional methods geared toward adult learning
  • Develop an individualized education plan for each student
  • Evaluate students periodically to determine their progress and potential for advancement to the next level
  • Assist students in acquiring effective study skills and the self-confidence they need to re-enter an academic environment
  • Help students acquire the skills and knowledge to pass the GED exam
  • Help students improve their communication, information-processing, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills
  • Help adults to speak, listen, read, and write in English
  • Tailor instruction to the needs and abilities of the students
  • Prepare lessons, do any related paperwork, and stay current in the field

Other Job Titles

Adult Literacy and Remedial Education Teachers are also known by other titles, including:

  • ESOL Teachers
  • Vocational Education Teachers
  • GED Instructors
  • Teacher Assistants

Education,  Training, and Experience

Education and Training
Adult education teachers need at least a bachelor’s degree, although some programs prefer or require a master’s degree. Programs may also prefer to hire those with teaching experience, especially with adults.

Certification and Licensure
      Most States require teachers in these programs to have some form of license if they are employed in a State or local government-run program. Some states have specific licenses for adult education teachers, while others require a public school teacher license. Requirements for a license typically consist of a bachelor’s degree and completion of an approved teacher training program.

  Adult education and literacy teachers must have the ability to work with students who come from a variety of cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds. They must be understanding and respectful of their students’ circumstances and be familiar with their concerns. All teachers, both paid and volunteer, should be able to communicate well and motivate their students.


The median annual salary for an Adult Literacy and Remedial Education Teachers is $45,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $78,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $25,000. Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of adult literacy and remedial education teachers are:

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools - $54,430
  • Junior Colleges - $46,200
  • Other Schools and Instruction - $39,190
  • State Government - $54,290
  • Individual and Family Services - $38,580

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  14%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 11,000
  • Employment 2006 : 76,000
  • Employment 2016:  87,000

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