One of the great advantages to teaching adults, as opposed to children or teens, is that generally speaking, the adults want to be there. Continuing education refers to classes offered to adults for personal enrichment. These classes do not lead to a degree or certification of any kind and are generally taken for personal enrichment. Classes may include such topics as ballroom dance, ceramics, personal finance, sewing, crafts, and music. These classes are becoming increasingly popular as people embrace lifelong learning and as retirees have more time to pursue hobbies and interests. Adult and continuing education teachers are usually employed by community colleges on a part-time basis and do not receive a salary or benefits.
Adult literacy and remedial education
Another branch of adult and continuing education is adult literacy and remedial education. Teacher of adult literacy and remedial education teach students basic necessary skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics. These teachers prepare students to obtain their GED, or high school diploma. Teachers of adult literacy and remedial education often focus on study skills and occupational skills to help students prepare for further education or to enter the workforce.
Adult and continuing education English as a second language
Adult and continuing education also includes the teaching of English as a second language. Teachers of English as a second language are in high demand, both in public schools and elsewhere. As the immigration of non-English speakers increases, so does the need for qualified ESL teachers. ESL teachers teach students reading, writing, and conversation. In addition to a bachelor?s degree, a master?s degree in ESL is also required in most cases.
Publish date: February 10, 2011