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Adult Remedial Education Instructors: Job Outlook and Training

April 08,2010 by: Dallas Browne

Adult Remedial Education Instructors are those whose job is to teach how to read, write and speak fluent English to adults or out-of-school youths who did not graduate in high school or who went through high school but failed to acquire the necessary knowledge to meet their educational or career goals. Immigrants or other people whose native language is not English are also possible students for adult remedial education instruction. In fact, immigrants who enroll in Adult Remedial Education are increasing in number.

Employment for Adult Remedial Education Instructors is likely to increase faster than the average for all jobs or by 15 percent through 2018. Many job opportunities also anticipated because of the need for replacement of those who retire or leave the job. It also helps this profession that employers require, more and more, a workforce that is more literate. This entails that workers’ demand for basic education, adult literacy, and secondary education is predicted to increase. In other words, job openings are favorable, especially for instructors of English to other nationalities.

ESOL teachers are anticipated to experience great employment growth in their field because of the growing population of other United Sates residents and immigrants who want to work on improving their English speaking skills out of necessity. Moreover, a bigger part of these factions are anticipated to have ESOL classes. Adult literacy plus basic secondary education is often associated with the health of economy that the need for the basic secondary education and adult literacy often changes alongside the economy. This means that when a State is experiencing a satisfactory economy and human resources are difficult to search for, employers may consider hiring workers who do not have a diploma or acceptable English proficiency or General Education Development (GED) certificate. However, if the economy declines, employers can place high standards and the realization that there is a need for supplementary education in order to get employed will be intensified among more students.

There is also an observed high yield among those who work pat-time, which lead to the creation of many job opportunities. These opportunities are more favorable for teachers of ESOL, predominantly in States where comprise large population of residents that have poor English skills like Texas, California, New York and Florida. There are, however, many places in the country that have started to draw immigrants in sizeable numbers, creating the opportunities in the field of Adult Remedial Education Instruction widely available.

Most states require that adult education teachers earn at least a bachelor’s degree although some programs prefer a master’s degree. Still, some programs may also prefer to hire those who have experience in teaching, especially with adults. There are a number of colleges and universities that offer master’s degrees or graduate certificates in teaching adult education or ESOL. Some adult education programs offer classes or workshops on related topics that are useful for their teachers. Usually, there is a state or local policy requires that teachers attend professional development workshops and other activities. In order to get into these professional development activities, some teachers utilize alternative delivery systems such as the Internet or distance learning.


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