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Become An Adult Education Instructor

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Working As An Adult Education Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $68,120

    Average Salary

What Does An Adult Education Instructor Do At University of Alaska

* Establish and maintain an individual education plan on each student.
* Complete all intake procedures on each student (including assessment), document student progress and performance indicators and follow-up on individualized and educational goals, and submit data monthly, ensuring compliance with state and federal grant requirements and funding sources
* Essential
* Instruct, one-on-one, college students in English, Math, and computer literacy.
* Analyze needs, develop and modify individual lessons as indicated
* Essential
* Organize and conduct special learning events such as Math Madness week, including scheduling faculty, staff and volunteers and providing them with instructional materials and assistance.
* Interact with other human service organizations for outreach, referrals and student case management as well as to meet needs of students from special populations
* Essential
* Evaluate and prescribe learning materials and order when necessary.
* Assist other instructors and tutors in selecting appropriate materials
* Essential
* Organize, prepare and teach all GED subjects, literacy, English as a Second Language, computer literacy and Life Skills based on an individualized plan of instruction, in small groups on campus and at outreach sites for adults.
* Assess students'' needs and academic levels and goals to determine appropriate instructional strategies for student success.
* Instruct students who may have learning disabilities.
* Prepare original and modify instructional materials/content and utilize standards/policy-based curriculum.
* Participate in professional development activities to stay current with best instructional practices
* Essential
* Assess initial and ongoing academic skill level of students through testing, interviewing, and analysis.
* Recommend
* and follow up on individualized educational goals.
* Maintain student files according to grant requirements for periodic assessment.
* Complete and submit data and reports on activities, number of students served, and contact hours for funding source.
* Document student attendance by site.
* Ensure compliance with federal, state and campus rules, regulations and policies
* Essential

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How To Become An Adult Education Instructor

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.


All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.


In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.


Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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Adult Education Instructor Career Paths

Adult Education Instructor
Academic Instructor English Instructor Curriculum Developer
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
General Education Instructor Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
5 Yearsyrs
Education Instructor Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Adult Educator Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Of Spanish Long Term Substitute Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Adult Educator Educator Program Manager
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Educator
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
5 Yearsyrs
General Education Instructor Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Clinical Supervisor Assistant Director
7 Yearsyrs
Education Instructor Instructor General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Adult Education Instructor Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Khmer

  • Somali

  • Chinese

  • Hawaiian

  • Dutch

  • Japanese

  • Carrier

  • Hebrew

  • Mandarin

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Top Skills for An Adult Education Instructor


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Top Adult Education Instructor Skills

  1. Mathematics Skills
  2. Classroom Instruction
  3. Course Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked primarily with special needs adults on basic reading and mathematics skills.
  • Position includes student assessment testing, classroom instruction, monthly reporting, and data entry.
  • Develop all course materials to include syllabus, diagnostic activities, and overall course curriculum to include individual and collaborative instruction.
  • Subject matter includes Reading & Language Arts, Writing & Language Arts, Science, Social Science, and Mathematics.
  • Developed and implemented weekly lesson plans for adult literacy based on individual student needs.

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