How to Become a GED Teacher
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.
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