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Adult Basic & Secondary Education & Literacy Teachers & Instructors

Also called: Adult Basic Education Teacher (ABE Teacher), Adult Education Teacher, General Educational Development Instructor (GED Instructor), Teacher

What they do:
Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.
On the job, you would:
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • psychology


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • teaching people how to do something
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Computerized testing software
  • Educational software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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