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Jobs in Adult Educationfrom: Maxx Family Life
There are 12.7 million jobs in the education industry with almost 50% of those jobs being teachers, which means opportunities for adult education jobs are increasing. Self-enrichment and post secondary teaching positions will see a 38% to 40% growth by 2012.
Adult education jobs cover a large variety of subjects. Basic education is still a major need -- basic reading, writing and math skills. Teachers are also needed for acquired languages, such as English as a Second Language courses. There is, in fact, a high demand for bilingual teachers who can teach English to non-English speaking students. Depending on the institution, either a bachelor's or a master's degree is required for teach basic education skills. Adult education jobs are also available in vocational and technical subjects, such as computer repair and computer programming.
Adult education jobs are also available in vocational and technical schools. Computer skills are increasingly necessary in the workplace and educators for these skills are in high demand. A variety of computer courses are taught in adult continuing education, such as Microsoft Office, database programs, basic to advanced programming and computer repair. Professional certification is usually required to teach this type of adult education course and often a bachelor's degree is required.
When teaching remedial academic courses taken for college credit, a teacher will most generally need a master's degree in the subject taught.
Teachers in adult education courses require special skills to motivate, instruct as well as put their adult students at ease in the classroom. Adult students often lack self-confidence and self-esteem and it's up to the teacher to help the student acquire these personal assets through the successful completion of the course.
Adults also require specialized instruction since they must put their lessons to practical application. For example, when teaching a computer course in a spreadsheet application, the teacher will have the students create their own spreadsheets; in order to practice the techniques they've learned and relate to how they'll be using the program in the workplace.
Subjects most in demand in adult education jobs are:
* Basic Math
* Public Speaking
* Basic Literacy
* Computer keyboarding and Data Entry
* Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language
* Photography * Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Database programs
Adult education jobs are available in maby locations. Distance learning is becoming increasingly popular for adult education because of time constraints on adult students and teachers are in demand for these courses. Many corporations employ full-time instructors for their on-site training programs. Adult education jobs can be found in the community at high schools, churches, park districts and residential facilities where educational facilities have been set up. Of course adult education jobs can be found in colleges and universities as well.
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