How to Become a GED Teacher

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Many people go back to school as adults to learn a new skill in addition to their existing degrees. But others return to the academe aspiring to earn a degree for the first time. What if they haven’t graduated secondary school? You can help them by becoming a GED instructor.

Adults go back to school for various reasons. Some of them just want to learn a new skill, but others are returning to the academe to get a degree for the first time.

It would be easier for them to proceed to technical school, college or university if they have completed secondary education, but for those who have not – due to reasons such as drug abuse, family conflict, teen pregnancy – getting a post-secondary education is more difficult. Someone who has quit school long ago, usually will no longer have the time or inclination to get back where he has left. That is why there is a General Education Development certificate that would qualify people to proceed beyond high school.

Getting a certificate would require an applicant to pass a series of examinations to test his proficiency in subjects that a regular high school senior should have taken. One is not required to enrol in some class to be eligible to take the exam. But usually, aspirants enrol in review classes to prepare them to take the test. That is where GED instructors play an important role in getting aspirants ready to pass the exam. If you have worked as an adult education instructor, GED instruction is one specialization you can pursue.

Preparing to Become a GED Instructor
• To determine whether working with young adults -- some of whom may have gone through crisis in their lives -- is for you, you can first try working on a volunteer basis in libraries, local learning or community centers.
• Inquire about schools that have GED reviews and ask what qualifications they need for a GED instructor. You can ask public or private schools, non-profit or religious groups for adult education, government agencies, correctional and juvenile detention facilities

GED Instructor Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree, preferably in education, social work, psychology and language, is usually needed. Some schools could require a state teaching certificate. Some states may require a GED teacher certification, others may not. Teaching experience is always an advantage. A master’s degree is a plus and even better if it is in adult education.

As a GED teacher, you do not only instruct students about math, reading, writing, science and social studies. You also equip them with problem solving skills necessary to pass the GED certification. One of the satisfactions you can get as a GED teacher would know the fact that you helped some people get a second chance at life by allowing them the possibility of getting a post-secondary education or a better job.
 

19 Comments

  • 1. Pamela Meoli said on 10/24/2009 4:14:46 PM
    Interested in becoming a GED instructor. My previous experience is that of pre-k to 12th grade substitute teaching in the public sector schools. How can I apply to work as a GED instructor?
  • 2. Jesus Gonzalez Flores said on 11/18/2009 12:39:19 PM
    How do I become a GED Teacher in Chicago, IL 60608?
  • 3. BARRY CHIN said on 11/20/2009 3:41:53 PM
    ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ON HOW TO START A GED LEARNING CENTER? I AM LOCATED IN NEW YORK CITY AND WANT TO OPEN A GED LEARNING CENTER WHERE I CAN COACH PEOPLE TO PASS THE GED EXAM. I CURRENTLY WORK WITH MY LOCAL WORKFORCE1 CENTER TO ACCEPT ITG VOUCHERS TO OFFER SECURITY GUARD TRAINING. I AM ALSO LICENSED BY THE NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES TO DO SUCH. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
  • 4. Olga Pujols said on 6/25/2010 3:11:57 PM
    WI want to know how to receive a GED teaching certificate online? I have a masters but I would like this certificate can you please let me know.
  • 5. Tamina Neal said on 8/17/2010 11:39:05 AM
    I would like to know how to start a GED program and how can I take the certification to be an instructor. I want to do this a volunteer, not for pay...... Educations is so important. I currently hold a bachelors in Business not education but in my current career I do a lot of teaching to adults. I am located in the Dallas TX area, zip code 75154
  • 6. Pat James said on 10/21/2010 9:44:54 AM
    Murfreesboro NC . who like to know what steps to take in starting a GED learning centers.
  • 7. GILMA TAVAREZ said on 1/16/2011 11:58:41 AM
    I WORK FOR PATERSON PUBLIC SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY AND I WANT TO GET INFORMATION ON HOW TO BECOME CERTIFY TO TEACH FOR G.E.D CLASSES. THANKS GILMA
  • 8. Catherine Manning Flamenbaum said on 1/19/2011 5:19:13 PM
    What are the requirement for attaining a GED certificate in New York State, and New York City? On my own I have worked with numerous freshmen and more advanced college students who come to college unevenly prepared with skill sets required for college success. I hold a Masters in Psychology and am ABD in US History. I also hold Certificates of Qualification to teach N-6 and Social Studies at the 7-l2 level.
  • 9. Debra Bracey said on 3/17/2011 2:17:08 PM
    What colleges and universities in Chicago will train me with a Bachelors degree in Education to become a GED teacher?
  • 10. John B. Williams said on 6/26/2011 5:33:30 PM
    I am licensed in 3 states by the state for English and Social Studies and Special Ed. How can I qualify for teaching GED?
  • 11. minerva vasquez said on 11/22/2011 2:01:51 PM
    I'll be more than happy to become a GED teacher. Please let me know if you need somebody, I'm bilingual (SPANISH AND ENGLISH)
  • 12. Glendia Thompson said on 1/16/2013 7:47:14 PM
    I have an Associates/Arts & Humanities, Associates in Accounting and a Bachelors in Business Administration emphasis in Accounting. I have a wealth of experience in government especially governmental subsidized programs. I would love to start or assist a GED program in Scott County, Georgetown, KY 40324. Please contact me.
  • 13. Carolyn Linder said on 10/8/2013 12:20:17 PM
    I have a Bachelors in Elementary Education, Type 04 Certification, a Masters in the science of teaching Reading, a Masters in School Leadership and a Type 75 certification. I taught Language Arts in an elementary school as well as the Upward Bound program for high school students. I have six years experience as an elementary school principal and after a school closing, have been retired since 2012. I am interested in starting a GED program within a faith-based environment as a way to reach then change the community. I look forward to hearing from you.
  • 14. maryam said on 5/26/2014 12:59:10 PM
    what does GED mean and what exactly r u expected to do as a ged teacher?
  • 15. TONYA Y KELLEY said on 7/2/2014 9:14:19 AM
    would like to become a GED teacher to help people in my area .
  • 16. jheeni jain said on 11/12/2014 7:13:41 AM
    give me some details for ged teacher
  • 17. Jessica James said on 8/10/2015 11:58:31 PM
    Topeka, KS 66604
  • 18. Jessica James said on 8/10/2015 11:59:45 PM
    I would like to know how to start a GED Prep Program
  • 19. Joan Jones said on 9/11/2015 12:30:46 PM
    I have an associate degree, a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees. I have three certifications in Texas. I still do not understand whether or not I need to get certified as GED Instructor. Can you please assist me with the necessary information? Thank you.
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