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Job Opportunities for Adult Education Graduates

Regardless of if you’re upgrading qualifications or developing new skills, earning an online certificate in adult education or adult learning will help you learn practical and technological applications for engaging and meaningful adult learning. Plus, if you choose to earn your certificate online, you’ll have the flexibility to complete the program at a pace that fits your unique schedule.

Students seeking certification in adult education will specialize in one of four areas:

  • Workplace learning
  • Adult and community education
  • Career and academic advising
  • E-Learning

Adult education grads can look forward to these prospects and job opportunities:

1. We need adult education teachers
According to statistics from the U.S. Job Outlook Until 2026, nationally, adult education teacher numbers are in decline by about 6% from 2019-2026. There has been some slight degree of loss of the number of people applying for a degree in Adult Learning in recent years. The number of students graduating from high school is on the increase and consequently the number of adult learner teachers is in decline, which means there’s need for growth in this profession.

2. Opportunities for work at junior colleges
Currently, nearly 585 Million dollars is issued in recent years for adult learning programs across the United States. Among all States, there are 29 States that have Adult Learning facilities that are in need of Adult Learning teachers to teach adults who are over sixteen, yet have not graduated from High School. Also, since Adult Learning Teachers who are accredited are needed in Junior Colleges, this is another place where Adult Education Teachers can seek employment. According to the National Council for Educational Statistics (NCES), in 2018 there were 1,616 2-year colleges registered and 3,011 4-year colleges in the United States. Since Adult Learning classes are regularly taught in both 2 & 4-year colleges Junior and 4-year accredited colleges are a rich source where Graduate Learning Educators can seek employment.

3. Need among students
There are three types of adults that seek Adult Educators and the institutes that provide adult learning:

  • Working poor: About 64% of people in the workforce are adults who have left high school without a diploma. Statistics show that about 2 million students leave high school every year and the government provides learning programs to improve their education.
  • Students who haven’t earned a high school diploma: Between 5-5.5 million youth are on the streets every year who are without proper education for the workforce; youth between ages 16-24 are considered eligible for special programs that function within government programs at local high schools, junior and 4-year colleges.
  • Immigrants: Adult Learning teachers are needed to teach in programs for immigrants to the United States. The U.S. Department of Education estimates 20 million adults have limited abilities in the English language. ESL programs are a great place for Adult Learning teachers to find jobs. By 2030 it is estimated that 1 in 5 adults will be an immigrant who need to be instructed in the English language.

4. Job opportunities at schools
Approximately 26% of Adult Learning Degree graduates find employment as teachers in Elementary and High Schools. Since ELL and ESL are today in every school there is a great demand for Adult Educators who can teach students who need ESL and ELL learners. Often parents of students are unable to understand the English language well enough to communicate with teachers, so interpreters and Adult Learning teachers are needed to translate or help parents speak to the teachers on parent-teacher meetings.

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