Career Defined for Adult Computer Literacy Teacher
Adult computer literacy teachers work in full-time, part-time, or volunteer positions to teach community members how to use computers. They may work evenings and weekends to accommodate students with full-time jobs. Those students may include elderly, disabled, immigrant and non-technology savvy adults. Instruction typically consists of an introduction to the Internet, e-mail and common software, such as word processing programs. Because most adult computer literacy teachers work in community settings teaching non-credit courses, there are fewer demands on curriculum requirements, testing and evaluation. Instructors must teach in a supportive manner, since many adult education students come to class with fewer skills than may be found in traditional educational settings.
|Education||Typically requires a degree in education, training in adult education and a teaching license|
|Job Skills||Ability to work with adults, computer skills, communication skills|
|Median Salary (2017)||$52,100 for Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers|
|Job Growth (2016-2026)||-5% (decline) for Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Most full-time adult computer literacy teachers have a bachelor's or master's degree in education with some training in adult education. Courses in an adult education degree program may include adult psychology, curriculum development and foundations of education.
Almost all adult education teachers hold licensure to teach; it is required in all public school (including public community college) settings and nearly all educational institutions that receive government funding. In order to qualify for licensure as a teacher, an individual must have a bachelor's degree and complete an approved teaching program.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that adult computer literacy teachers must hold the following skills:
- Ability to work with adults from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds
- Patience and flexibility when teaching
- Strong computer skills
- Excellent communication methods to ensure that students understand what is being taught and feel comfortable asking questions
- Bilingual abilities may be required in communities with large immigrant populations
Employment and Salary Outlook
Adult computer literacy teachers were expected to experience job growth due to increased immigration and an aging population, according to the BLS. The BLS, however, reported that employment opportunities for adult education teachers were predicted to decrease 5% from 2016-2026. The median annual salary for adult education workers was $52,100 per year, according to BLS statistics collected in May 2017.