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

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

Overview
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Experience

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Education

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Examples

Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.

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.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $32K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $42K
Median Salary: $55K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $72K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $95K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

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.

Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.

Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.

Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

Prepare students for further education by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.

Assign and grade class work and homework.

Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

Conduct classes, workshops, and demonstrations to teach principles, techniques, or methods in subjects, such as basic English language skills, life skills, and workforce entry skills.

Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.

Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.

Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.

Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests and issue grades in accordance with performance.

Provide information, guidance, and preparation for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination.

Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.

Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.

Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

Select and schedule class times to ensure maximum attendance.

Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination.

Collaborate with other teachers and professionals in the development of instructional programs.

Register, orient, and assess new students according to standards and procedures.

Train and assist tutors and community literacy volunteers.

Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.

Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.

Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems or special academic interests.

Select, order, and issue books, materials, and supplies for courses or projects.

Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons that promote learning, following approved curricula.

Confer with leaders of government and community groups to coordinate student training or to find opportunities for students to fulfill curriculum requirements.

Observe and evaluate the performance of other instructors.

Participate in publicity planning, community awareness efforts, and student recruitment.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

Advise students on internships, prospective employers, and job placement services.

Write grants to obtain program funding.

Write instructional articles on designated subjects.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Computer based training software
Quizlet
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Desktop communications software
Edmodo
Desktop publishing software
Microsoft Publisher
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SAP
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Multi-media educational software
Kahoot
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Web page creation and editing software
Facebook
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Sound systems
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Computer data input scanners
Consumer electronics
Video cassette recorders VCR
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Digital video cameras
Top 10 Knowledge Required
English Language
89%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training
79%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Customer and Personal Service
71%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Clerical
64%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Administration and Management
59%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Mathematics
55%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Psychology
54%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Sociology and Anthropology
53%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Computers and Electronics
50%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Communications and Media
46%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Top 10 Skills
Instructing
85%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Active Listening
75%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Learning Strategies
75%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Reading Comprehension
75%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking
75%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring
73%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Writing
73%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning
70%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Critical Thinking
70%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness
70%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
85%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Oral Comprehension
78%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Speech Clarity
78%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Speech Recognition
75%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Near Vision
73%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Deductive Reasoning
70%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Problem Sensitivity
70%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Fluency of Ideas
65%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Top 10 Work Activities
Thinking Creatively
83%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
80%
Importance

Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Coaching and Developing Others
77%
Importance

Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Training and Teaching Others
77%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
76%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
76%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
75%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Developing Objectives and Strategies
74%
Importance

Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
74%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Interacting With Computers
73%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Detailed Work Activities

Monitor student performance.

Evaluate student work.

Assess educational needs of students.

Develop instructional objectives.

Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.

Encourage students.

Set up classroom materials or equipment.

Apply multiple teaching methods.

Plan educational activities.

Assign class work to students.

Maintain student records.

Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.

Document lesson plans.

Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.

Create technology-based learning materials.

Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Distribute instructional or library materials.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Plan experiential learning activities.

Assist students with special educational needs.

Schedule instructional activities.

Train staff members.

Evaluate performance of educational staff.

Collaborate with other agencies and institutions to coordinate educational matters.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Write grant proposals.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Public Speaking

How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Education
Majors
Major
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Multicultural Education
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Teaching French as a Second or Foreign Language
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other
Adult Literacy Tutor/Instructor
Interests
Social
100%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Artistic
67%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Enterprising
58%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Conventional
39%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Investigative
34%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Realistic
29%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Dependability
93%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Integrity
90%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Self Control
89%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Adaptability/Flexibility
87%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Concern for Others
86%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Independence
86%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Cooperation
85%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Attention to Detail
84%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Social Orientation
79%
Importance

Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Stress Tolerance
79%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Work Values
Relationships
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Achievement
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Working Conditions
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Support
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.