Adult Education

Over 32 million adults in the United States are unable to read, according to data provided by Statistics Brain. Of those who can read, 21 percent are unable to read above a fifth-grade level. Globally, 774 million people are estimated to be illiterate in both reading and writing.

Without these basics skills, many people are unable to find the kind of employment that will allow them to support themselves and their families, worsening the cycle of poverty.

But there is hope for those who need extra help in the form of adult educators.

Adult educators receive detailed training on the best methods for helping other adults learn. They may teach a student to read for the first time, help them prepare to take the General Equivalency Exam (GED) or help them to learn to speak English more proficiently. They also may be part of ongoing education initiatives in the workplace that are required for some professionals in order to keep their licenses and professional certifications.

State requirements for adult educators can vary, but the minimum of a bachelor’s degree is necessary to work in the field.

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