Adult Literacy Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Adult Literacy Teachers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 40.84% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 19.76% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.

    Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.

    Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

    Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

    Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.

    Observe students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.

    Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.

    Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

    Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.

    Assign and grade class work and homework.

    Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.

    Prepare students for further education by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.

    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.

    Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.

    Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.

    Select and schedule class times to ensure maximum attendance.

    Provide information, guidance, and preparation for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination.

    Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

    Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.

    Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination.

    Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests and issue grades in accordance with performance.

    Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

    Write instructional articles on designated subjects.

    Confer with leaders of government and community groups to coordinate student training or to find opportunities for students to fulfill curriculum requirements.

    Train and assist tutors and community literacy volunteers.

    Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.

    Advise students on internships, prospective employers, and job placement services.

    Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

    Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.

    Participate in publicity planning, community awareness efforts, and student recruitment.

    Collaborate with other teachers and professionals in the development of instructional programs.

    Select, order, and issue books, materials, and supplies for courses or projects.

    Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

    Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons that promote learning, following approved curricula.

    Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems or special academic interests.

    Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

    Register, orient, and assess new students according to standards and procedures.

    Observe and evaluate the performance of other instructors.

    Write grants to obtain program funding.


Wireless presenters

Videoconferencing equipment

Video cassette recorders VCR

Television monitors

Tablet computers

Sound systems

Personal computers

All Tools

Overhead data projectors

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laptop computers

Interactive whiteboards

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Desktop computers

Computer data input scanners



Computerized testing software

Educational software



Teaching others how to do something.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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Occupation Sections


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.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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