Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, & English as a Second Language Instructors

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Adult Basic Education Instructor (ABE Instructor), ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor), GED Instructor (General Educational Development Instructor), Teacher

What they do:
Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in basic education, literacy, or English as a Second Language classes, or in classes for earning a high school equivalency credential.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Observe students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


  • customer service
  • administrative services


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information


  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Office suite software

  • Google Workspace software Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Office software Hot Technology In Demand

Computer based training software

  • Blackboard software
  • Quizlet

Multi-media educational software

  • Edpuzzle
  • Kahoot!


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

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