Adult Literacy and GED Teachers
Most Adult Literacy and General Education Development (GED) teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certification. Most states in the United States require adult literacy and GED teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in education, but some employers prefer to hire those with a master’s degree. Some programs allow these prospective teachers to specialize in adult basic education, secondary education, or English as a second language (ESL). Some colleges and universities offer master's degrees or graduate certificates in teaching adult education or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).
Licenses and Certification
Many states require adult literacy and GED 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 get a license, adult literacy and GED teachers typically need a bachelor's degree and must have passed an approved teacher-training program.
Job Prospects of Adult Literacy and GED Teachers
Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and GED Teachers and Instructors will be one of the fastest growing occupations with 15 percent rate of growth per annum.
Immigration is expected to continue to grow. Some immigrants do not speak English and will want to improve their communications skills to find jobs. Adult literacy teachers who teach classes in English as a second language will be needed to help these students gain the required skills.