GED instructors want to make a difference in the lives of adults whose futures depend on their earning the equivalent of a high school diploma. GED instructors who are sometimes called “adult secondary” or “GED teachers” work with adults to help them acquire the skills they need to pass examinations in math science writing reading and social studies. Once students successfully complete the program and pass the exams GED instructors may help them with applications for jobs or with applications for admission to institutions of higher learning. GED instructors usually work with students of all ages and from all walks of life so it is important that they have a basic grasp of multicultural issues and cultural diversity. They must be skilled at working with groups of students and they must also know how to set the pace of learning for one-on-one work with individuals. They must be patient yet they must also be able to communicate with the students and encourage them to think critically so that they remain motivated to attempt the challenges of learning. GED instructors must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning but some employers prefer a master’s degree as well. GED instructors must complete specific education courses and also pass an examination to become licensed by the educational board of the state in which they teach. Many GED instructors work part-time and they may teach some of their classes on weekends or in the evening. The website www.payscale.com says that annual salaries for full-time GED instructors range from approximately $25000 to $58000.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Helps adults obtain their GED.
Works with students from diverse backgrounds.
Prepares lesson plans.
Understands students' unique life circumstances.
|Also Called:||Adult Secondary Teacher
Adult Literacy Teacher
Remedial Education Teacher
High School Equivalency Teacher