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Working As An Education Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Education Instructor Do

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers instruct adults in basic skills, such as reading, writing, and speaking English. They also help students earn their high school equivalent diploma.

Duties

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers typically do the following:

  • Plan and teach lessons to help students gain the knowledge and skills needed to meet their goals, such as learning English or earning their high school equivalent diploma
  • Adapt teaching methods based on students’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Emphasize skills that will help students find jobs, such as learning English words and common phrases used in the workplace
  • Assess students for possible learning disabilities
  • Monitor students’ progress
  • Help students develop study skills
  • Connect students to other resources in their community, such as mental health services or job placement services

Before students enter these education programs, their educational level and skills are assessed. These assessments are typically performed by another staff member; however, in some programs the teacher may conduct the assessments. Based on the results of the assessment and student’s goals, teachers develop an individualized education program.  

Teachers must formally evaluate their students periodically to determine their progress and potential to go on to the next level of classes. However, they may informally evaluate their students’ progress continually.

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers often have students of various education levels in their classes. As a result, teachers need to use different teaching strategies and methods that meet all of their students’ needs. They may work with students in classes or tutor them one-on-one.

Teachers prepare students for further education and help them to develop skills that they will need in the workplace. For example, they may teach students how to read a contract or how to estimate the cost of materials needed to remodel a kitchen. 

There are three basic types of education that adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers provide:

Adult basic education classes teach students the basics of reading, writing, and math. Students who enter these classes usually do not have a high school diploma. They generally are 16 years or older and need to gain proficiency in these skills to improve their job situation.

High school equivalency and adult secondary education classes prepare students to take the test to earn a high school equivalent diploma. Some programs are combined with career preparation programs so that students can earn a high school equivalent diploma and a career-related credential at the same time.

The high school equivalency exam is composed of four subjects: language arts, math, science, and social studies. In addition to teaching these subjects, teachers also help their students improve their skills in communicating, critical thinking, and problem solving—skills they will need to prepare for further education and successful careers.

English as a Second Language (ESL), also called English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), classes teach students to read, write, and speak English. Students in these classes are immigrants to the United States or those whose native language is not English.

ESL teachers often focus on helping their students with practical vocabulary for jobs and daily living. They also may focus on preparing their students to take the citizenship exam.

ESL teachers may have students from many different countries and cultures in their classroom. Because the ESL teacher and the students may not share a common native language, ESL teachers must be creative in fostering communication in the classroom to achieve their education goals.

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How To Become An Education Instructor

Most adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Employers typically prefer workers who have some teaching experience.

Education

Most states require adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some employers, such as community colleges, prefer to hire those with a master’s degree or graduate coursework in adult education or English as a Second Language (ESL). Some colleges and universities offer master’s degrees or graduate certificates in teaching adult education or ESL.

Programs in adult education prepare prospective teachers to develop adult education programs, to use effective teaching strategies for adult learners, to work with students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, and to teach adults with learning disabilities. Some programs allow these prospective teachers to specialize in adult basic education, secondary education, or ESL.

Prospective ESL teachers should take courses or training in linguistics and theories of how people learn second languages. Knowledge of a second language is not necessary to teach ESL, but it can be helpful to understand what students are going through.

Many adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers take professional development classes to improve their teaching skills and ensure that they keep up with the latest research in teaching adults.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers to have a teaching certificate to work in government-run programs. Some states have certificates specifically for adult education. Other states require teachers to have a certificate in elementary or secondary education.

To obtain a license, adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers typically need a bachelor’s degree and must complete an approved teacher-training program. For more information, contact the state director of adult education. Contact information can be found from the U.S. Department of Education.

Training

In order to receive certification or licensure, teachers may need to perform 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 student teaching that is required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Adult literacy and high school equivalency teachers must collaborate with other teachers and program administrators. In addition, they talk with students about their progress and goals, and must explain concepts in terms that students can understand.

Cultural sensitivity. Teachers must be able to work with students from a variety of cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds. They must be understanding and respectful of their students’ backgrounds and be familiar with their concerns.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient when students struggle with material.   

Resourcefulness. Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers must respond appropriately to difficult situations and think on their feet. For example, they need to be able to alter their teaching methods to meet the needs of each student they teach and find ways to keep students engaged in learning.

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Education Instructor Career Paths

Education Instructor
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Instructor Instructional Designer
Senior Instructional Designer
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Instructor Lead Teacher
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Administrator Assistant Principal
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Tutor Adjunct Instructor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Facilitator Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Education Consultant Department Chairperson
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Behavioral Specialist Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Human Resources Manager Recruitment Director
College Director
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructor Assistant Principal High School Assistant Principal
Elementary Assistant Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Education Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator Education Program Manager
Assistant Education Director
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Head Instructor 3.4 years
Instructor 2.8 years
GED Instructor 2.6 years
Reading Instructor 2.4 years
Instructor/Tutor 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Education Instructor
Teacher 12.5%
Instructor 10.6%
Internship 10.3%
Volunteer 6.0%
Director 4.1%
Educator 3.9%
Supervisor 3.4%
Cashier 3.4%
Top Careers After Education Instructor
Instructor 12.3%
Teacher 11.7%
Internship 6.3%
Director 5.0%
Volunteer 4.8%
Educator 4.1%
Consultant 3.7%
Owner 3.3%
Manager 3.2%
Tutor 3.0%

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Education Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

51.5%

Male

36.5%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.3%

French

13.1%

Arabic

5.1%

German

3.4%

Mandarin

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Hindi

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Cherokee

0.6%

Somali

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Shan

0.6%

Czech

0.6%
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Education Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Walden University

7.1%

Capella University

7.1%

Liberty University

6.8%

Nova Southeastern University

5.6%

Ashford University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

Florida State University

4.4%

Webster University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Central Michigan University

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

Northern Illinois University

3.2%

Ohio University -

2.9%
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Majors

Education

13.5%

Business

12.3%

Elementary Education

9.0%

Nursing

8.5%

Psychology

6.9%

Educational Leadership

6.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.4%

Biology

3.9%

English

3.6%

Management

3.5%

Special Education

3.4%

Social Work

3.0%

Environmental Science

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

School Counseling

2.8%

Counseling Psychology

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.5%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Recreation Management

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.6%

Masters

32.0%

Other

17.3%

Associate

5.6%

Doctorate

5.6%

Certificate

3.7%

License

0.6%

Diploma

0.5%
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$28,000
Min 10%
$46,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Baltimore, MD
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Education Instructor make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Education Instructor in the United States is $46,165 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $74,000.

Real Education Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructor Educational Fellow Emergency Medicine Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA Jun 20, 2015 $90,000
Instructor/Educational Fellow Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Philadelphia, PA Jun 20, 2015 $90,000
Senior Education Instructor Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 23, 2014 $83,900
Education Instructor Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training El Sobrante, CA Jul 12, 2016 $72,000
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Oct 01, 2012 $67,828
Instructor/Director of Education Bobum Corporation Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2011 $66,000
Professor of Instruction, Education The University of Akron Akron, OH Dec 08, 2016 $60,000
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Oct 01, 2015 $56,829
Robotics and Stem Education Instructor Learning Through Robotics LLC Provo, UT Sep 03, 2013 $56,180
Robotics and Stem Education Instructor Learning Through Robotics Provo, UT Sep 06, 2013 $56,180
Bilingual Education Instructor East Aurora School District 131 Aurora, IL Jul 29, 2015 $55,777
Bilingual Education Instructor East Aurora School District 131 Aurora, IL Apr 20, 2016 $55,777
Medical Educator and Instructor The Institute of Medical Boards Overland Park, KS May 09, 2016 $55,000
Instructional & Recreation Heath Education Coordin Hippocrates Health Institute, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Sep 01, 2013 $50,000
Educational Instructor/Administrator Plano ABC Day School Inc. Plano, TX Jul 13, 2015 $46,779
Educational Instructor/Administrator Plano ABC Day School Inc. Plano, TX May 01, 2016 $46,779
Instructor-Educator University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Aug 15, 2015 $45,000
Conductive Education Instructor Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc. Winter Park, FL Sep 27, 2010 $45,000
English Education Instructor Intercultural Institute of California San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2012 $41,740
Instructor of Continuum Education In Implant Dentistry David A. Bennett, DDS, Pa Miami, FL Apr 23, 2009 $41,420
Conductive Education Instructor (Conductor) Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education Loveland, CO Oct 01, 2009 $40,000
Conductive Education Instructor (Conductor) Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education Loveland, CO Sep 01, 2009 $40,000
Instructor of Deaf Education University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, OK Apr 11, 2015 $40,000
Conductive Education Instructor Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc. Winter Park, FL May 03, 2013 $39,440
Conductive Education Instructor Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc. Winter Park, FL Jun 10, 2013 $39,440
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Jan 08, 2013 $38,714
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Jan 09, 2013 $38,714

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Top Skills for An Education Instructor

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Attended a variety of professional development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Conduct needs assessments and strategic learning assessments to develop the basis for curriculum development or to update curricula.
  • Developed lesson plans that demonstrate planning and preparation of individual goals.
  • Earned positive verbal/written feedback from Physicians and Caregivers regarding classroom instruction and student learning success.
  • Designed and implemented improvements to existing mathematics lesson plans for mathematics courses taught to elementary education majors.

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