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Night School Adult Education Teacher Requirements

Adult education teachers who offer classes or workshops to night students help them develop career skills or pursue new interests for personal enrichment. Read on for more information about education requirements, helpful skills, employment outlook and hourly wages for adult education teachers.

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Career Definition for Night School Adult Education Teachers

Night school adult education teachers usually work part-time, teaching classes or leading workshops in their area of expertise. Although adult education or enrichment classes are usually shorter in length than those offered on a for-credit basis (sometimes only a day long), they can provide students with useful life skills, such as those associated with cooking, resume writing or personal finance management.

Education Strong professional credentials, specific criteria may apply in specialty areas
Job Skills Expert in field, practical experience, passionate about subject being taught
Median Salary (2015)* $36,680
Job Growth (2014-2014)** 14%

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

**Source: Onetonline.com

Required Education

Strong professional credentials, rather than a degree or teaching certificate, can qualify most instructors for a position as an adult education teacher. However, when it comes to evaluating an instructor's expertise, potential employers may have different criteria. For example, an art teacher may be required to submit a list of exhibitions, portfolio, professional resume and proof of formal training.

Required Skills

Night school teachers should be experts in their field and have a substantial amount of practical experience. Since many of the students enrolled in adult education classes take the course for personal enrichment, the ideal night school teacher will be enthusiastic, engaging, and passionate about the subject matter he or she is teaching.

Career and Salary Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), self-enrichment educators can be employed in traditional or nontraditional school settings. They are typically paid by the hour, with those employed in May 2015 earning a median annual wage of $36,680. Between 2014 and 2024 self-enrichment education teachers can expect a 14%, or average, increase in employment nationwide according to O*Net Online (onetonline.com).

Alternate Career Options

Other careers in the field include:

Career and Technical Education Teachers

Career and technical education teachers are usually employed in middle schools, high schools or 2-year colleges, where they teach occupational courses and programs in automobile technology, cooking, health care or information technology, among other subjects. While a high school diploma or an associate degree, in combination with significant work experience, may suffice for some positions, a bachelor's degree in the area of expertise is usually required to obtain a job as an instructor. The BLS has projected that employment opportunities for career and technical education teachers nationwide should increase by 4%, or slower than average, from 2014 to 2024. Those employed in 2015 received median annual salaries of $52,800 (www.bls.gov).

High School Teachers

In general, high school teachers plan and implement academic lessons for students in grades 9 through 12, as well as helping them get ready for state or standardized tests. High school teachers who work for public schools must have a bachelor's degree in their subject area and a state license. As reported by the BLS, high school teachers can expect as fast as average increase of 6% in employment nationwide from 2014 to 2024. In May 2015, high school teachers were paid median annual wages of $57,200 (www.bls.gov).

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