0 Online Associate Adult Education Degree Programs Available
Teaching may be a rewarding career path, but not everyone has the desire to work with teens and young children. Instead, you may wish to instruct adult students — possibly including English language learners, adult literacy students, vocational education and career training students, or college students. Adult education isn't necessarily... easier than teaching elementary school or high school, but most adult instructors have fewer classroom management issues, since adults have better-developed abilities to police their attitudes and behaviors.
When it comes to public teaching roles, employment requirements vary by state, and sometimes by individual school district. In most cases, public school educators are required to hold at least a bachelor degree to qualify for state licensure. But by earning an Associate of Arts in Adult Education, you may qualify to work as an aide to a licensed teacher. Some states and school districts will also hire paraprofessionals and substitute teachers who hold relevant associate degrees and pass necessary background checks.
Working as an aide to an adult education teacher might mean performing administrative and support tasks, such as grading tests against a key provided by the teacher, copying handouts, creating slide presentations, doing research to help the teacher prepare for a lesson, and distributing classroom materials. Organizational skills are a major job requirement. Fluency in a foreign language may be helpful as well, especially if you work with adults who have recently immigrated to the country.
An associate degree in adult education may also be useful in helping you to prepare for a bachelor degree program. Completing some of your undergraduate requirements via a two-year degree program has several benefits. First, because tuition for associate degree credits is sometimes less expensive, you may be able to save money on the first half of your education. Second, associate-level programs are often geared toward working professionals versus full-time students, so you may have more flexibility and room to maintain a full-time job while working on your associate degree. Finally, four-year program admissions at colleges and universities are often more competitive than associate degree admissions. If you didn't do your best in high school, you may want to complete some preliminary college work to show schools you are now highly committed and more mature.
Coursework for an associate degree in teaching traditionally includes liberal arts and science requirements, as well as classes in the major that focus on helping you meet the needs of adult students in post-secondary and continuing education settings. Qualified graduates may find work in vocational/technical schools or with organizations that provide remedial education for GED preparation, English language learning, or adult literacy classes. Other job opportunities may include working with schools or businesses that provide continuing education in career growth subjects (computer literacy for example), or for personal interests (such as learning to paint).