Adult Education Instructor

Learning is for both old and young, and many adults are now taking short and full-term courses for various reasons. As such, there are always opportunities for someone with a skill, talent or knowledge in a certain field to teach a subject he is an expert at to a group of adults.

More and more adults are returning to school or taking short courses for various reasons. Some are retired individuals looking for a way to while time, or to learn a new interest. Some wanted to take lessons to enrich their lives.

Why People Enrol in Adult Education

Others wanted to learn a new skill, for example, in computer, to keep up with the trend, beef up their qualifications for job placement or advance in their career. Still others would want to further their educational attainment by pursuing a degree as adults. Others may not want a degree at all, but just want to enrol in a course that would teach them a new skill like sewing or house repair.

Whatever the reason is, there are always classes to suit every adult person’s needs, interest, educational level, and schedule. They are offered in various settings – in private and public colleges and universities, community centers, companies, technical institutes, extension programs, language schools, job training centers, adult high schools, and prisons. With this, there is always a need for adult education instructors.

Adult Education Teacher Qualification

Because adult classes have become so varied to meet every adult person’s needs, interest, and educational level, anyone with a specific skill, expertise or knowledge can aspire to become an instructor. You can be:
• A mechanic to teach machine repair
• A successful businessman to teach entrepreneurship
• A published author to teach about writing
• A medical professional to teach first aid and CPR

Depending on where you want to teach and what subject you intend to teach, you may or may not need any certification. If you are going to teach a short course to a group of seniors in your local community, expertise and solid experience may qualify you to teach. If you are going to teach in public colleges, you will need, in addition to experience, a professional degree plus a teaching certificate. Masters and doctorate degrees in adult education might be needed by some colleges and universities.

Adult education classes could be as short as a two-day lecture to a full-degree course. It may be offered full or part-time, on weekdays, evenings or weekends. To prepare for a career in adult education, you can start doing paid or volunteer work as tutor or assistant teacher in a local adult class. In that way you get the feel of how it is to teach a class of adults, which has its own set of challenges. If you are sure, teaching adults is for you, you can inquire local opportunities to teach.

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