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Teacher-Adult Literacy and Remedial Education
instruct 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
The Job
commonly called adult basic education teachers, teach basic academic courses in mathematics, languages, history, reading, writing, science, and other areas, using instructional methods geared toward adult learning. They teach these subjects to students 16 years of age and older who demonstrate the need to increase their skills in one or more of the subject areas mentioned.
Work Environment
Because many adult literacy and remedial education teachers work with adult students, they do not encounter some of the behavioral or social problems sometimes found with younger students.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Nearly all programs require teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree, but some require a master's degree in adult education or ESOL instruction
Personality traits helpful for this career
They must be understanding and respectful of their students' circumstances and be familiar with their concerns.
Quick Facts
  • Many adult literacy and remedial education teachers work part time and receive no benefits; unpaid volunteers also teach these subjects.
  • Most programs require teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree; a public school teaching license is required for publicly run programs in some States.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be favorable, particularly for teachers of English to speakers of other languages.
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages of adult literacy and remedial education teachers were $22.26 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $16.65 and $29.78. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.48, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $38.95. Part-time adult literacy and remedial education instructors are usually paid by the hour or for each class that they teach, and receive few or no benefits.
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