Adult Education Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches or instructs out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, literacy, English as a Second Language, or preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.
  • Assigns and grades class work and homework.
  • Prepares and administers written, oral, and performance tests and issues grades in accordance with performance.
  • Observes and evaluates students' work to determine progress and makes suggestions for improvement.
  • Conducts classes, workshops, and demonstrations to teach principles, techniques, or methods in subjects, such as basic English language skills, life skills, and workforce entry skills.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicates those objectives to students.
  • Instructs students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Guides and counsels students with adjustment or academic problems or special academic interests.
  • Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Adult Basic Education Teacher (ABE Teacher) -- Provides remedial education courses and/or individualized instruction in reading, mathematics and related areas for individuals who do not have a high school education or equivalent certification.
  • Adult Education Instructor -- Works with mature students who are seeking intellectual self-enrichment and recreation, as well as those who are seeking academic instruction for career development purposes, by instructing courses as diverse as art, music, languages, business, cooking or
  • General Educational Development Instructor (GED Instructor) -- Instructs out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language.