What does a GED Teacher do?

Median Pay $50,650
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A GED (high school equivalency diploma) teacher accesses the education and skill level of students and instructs them in the skills needed to pass the GED test. Some teachers instruct 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.

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How to Become GED Teacher

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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.

Some colleges and universities offer master’s degrees or graduate certificates in teaching adult education. 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. Other states want certificates in elementary or secondary education.

Job Description of a GED Teacher

GED teachers plan and teach lessons to students to help them reach their goals. They are able to adapt teaching methods to students according to their strengths and weaknesses. 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, a GED teacher helps students 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.

Article Citations

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers.

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