What does a GED Teacher do?
GED (high school equivalency diploma) teachers access the educational and skill level of students and instruct them in the basic skills like writing, reading, and English. By using different strategies that meets the student’s needs they help them secure a high school equivalent diploma.
Some teachers teach in a classroom setting or tutor one-on-one. They are typically employed by public schools, community colleges, or community-based organizations and often work part-time.
How to Become GED Teacher
GED (high school equivalency diploma) teachers require at least a bachelor’s degree. However some employers (such as community colleges) sometimes desire the applicant to have a master’s degree or graduate coursework in adult education or English as a Second Language (ESL).
Some colleges and universities offer master’s degrees or graduate certificates in teaching adult education or ESL. Adult education programs prepare prospective teachers to use effective teaching strategies for adult learners, develop adult education programs, teach students with learning disabilities, and work with students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
Some states require adult literacy and GED teachers to have a teaching certificate to work in government-run programs while others may require certificates specifically for adult education or some states want certificates in elementary or secondary education.
Job Description of a GED and Adult Literacy Teacher
The duties of an adult literacy and GED teacher include planning and teaching lessons to students to help them reach their goals. They are able to adapt the teaching methods to students according to their strengths and weaknesses.
He or she emphasize English words and common phrases that might be used or helpful in the workplace. They evaluate a student for possible learning disabilities and adapt the teaching process to meet their learning needs. They also monitor a student’s progress and encourage good study skills.
In some cases an adult literacy and GED teacher helps students to connect with other community resources, like, job placement services or mental health services. An adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teacher should be skilled in communication, cultural sensitivity, patience, and resourcefulness.