Saturday, 20th April 2019


An adult education teacher is, broadly speaking, a teacher or tutor who is employed privately to teach people over the age of 18 a subject or subjects in which they specialise. The title encompasses an enormous spectrum of jobs as there are thousands of adults being taught in the UK, in all fields and for various different reasons.

Adult education teachers and lecturers are employed by a number of institutions and organisations, such as community and further education centres, universities, charities and businesses.

Organisations employ adult education teachers for different purposes: businesses and charities employ specialists to train their workforce in a particular skill; community centres employ teachers to teach adults anything from Maths to Cookery; community and private schools which organise English language courses for non-native speakers will need teachers with Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualifications; adult teachers may be hired by universities to teach degree courses on a more flexible or part-time basis in order to accommodate learners’ day jobs. Many courses will need to take place during evenings and weekends.

Local authorities and community centres also employ adult teachers to help people in unemployment reach more advanced level of qualification in order to find work more easily.

In the vast majority of cases, adult education teachers will need to perform a range of universal duties: planning courses and lesson content appropriate for the class and the students; and setting, marking and giving relevant feedback on work. They will encourage students to take a proactive approach to learning and promote independent study by highlighting or providing useful resources.

They may suggest, organise and attend educational field trips or social events.