Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

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About the Job

Teach or instruct 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. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

It is also Called

  • Adult Basic Education Instructor (ABE Instructor)
  • Adult Basic Education Teacher (ABE Teacher)
  • Adult Basic Studies Teacher
  • Adult Education Instructor
  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Adult Educator
  • Adult High School Instructor
  • Adult Literacy Instructor
  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • Adult Remedial Education Instructor

What They Do

  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests, and issue grades in accordance with performance.
  • Conduct classes, workshops, and demonstrations to teach principles, techniques, or methods in subjects such as basic English language skills, life skills, and workforce entry skills.
  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SAE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Artistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New York was $62,750 with most people making between $33,540 and $99,350

Outlook

0.96%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 6,530 people in New York. It is projected that there will be 7,160 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 63 openings due to growth and about 97 replacement openings for approximately 160 total annual openings.