Adult basic education: Salary, career path, job outlook, education and more

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.

Education Required
Most states require adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some 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.
Job Outlook
The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026: -6% (Decline)
(The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.)
Licenses/Certifications
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.
Median pay: How much do Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers make?
$50,650 Annual Salary
$24.35 per hour

Careers for Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers

  • Adult ESL teachers
  • Adult ESOL teachers
  • Adult English as a second language teachers
  • Adult basic and secondary education and literacy teachers and instructors
  • Adult basic studies teachers
  • Adult education teachers
  • Adult literacy instructors
  • Adult literacy teachers
  • Adult remedial education instructors
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED instructors
  • General educational development teachers
  • High school equivalency and adult secondary education
  • High school equivalency diploma teachers

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