Education & Teaching
Adult Education

An increasingly larger percentage of people are choosing to delay their pursuit of a college degree and gain work experience before pursuing higher education. A degree in Adult Education prepares you to instruct and support these learners when they return to school in settings as varied as the traditional lecture hall to the online classroom.

Types of Degrees

Adult education teachers typically pursue a master's degree following completion of a bachelor's degree in general education. Some universities offer two-year associate and four-year bachelor's degrees in the field. A higher level of education will usually translate to increased employment opportunities and higher starting salaries.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong academic background and experience in classroom instruction, tutoring, lesson planning, and strong interpersonal communication and classroom management skills are highly valued. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are also often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in adult education include:

  • Technical College Professor
  • ESL Instructor
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an adult basic education, adult secondary education, and adult ESL instructor earned a median salary of $58,980 in 2019 (1) while a Career/Technical Adult Education Teacher earned $60,420 in 2019 (2).

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and what industry the job is in.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.