Remedial Education Teacher

Job Duties

Remedial education teachers teach classes to adults and youths that are not in school. The classes usually impart the basic education students need to read, write, speak, and perform simple math. These classes give them the skills they need to become more active participants in society at large, able to solve problems in an effective way, hold jobs, and advance their education even further. Remedial education teachers teach one of three types of classes: adult basic education, adult secondary education, and English literacy. Adult basic education classes are for adults with education levels below the eight grade. Adult secondary education classes are for students wishing to earn their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. English literacy classes are for students who want to become proficient in the English language.

Remedial education teachers are trained to tailor their classes to a wide range of different learning styles. They usually involve individual, small-group, and large-group sessions. They assess each student’s individual proficiency level and then create a plan for that student’s learning. From time to time during the classes, teachers evaluate the progress of individual students and may modify their learning plan as needed. Teachers help many students acquire the study skills necessary to complete the work assigned in each class. They also strive to help each student improve their self-confidence throughout the course of the program.

Job Skills

Those interested in careers as remedial education teachers need to be very good at public speaking. They need to have not only knowledge of their subject, but also an aptitude for making the classes fun and interesting. They should have a high degree of patience and the ability to explain subject matter in a basic way.


In 2002, remedial education teachers earned a median hourly wage of $17.50. Earnings ranged from the lowest 10%, who earned less than $10.08, to the highest 10%, who earned more than $34.30.

Training and Education

Depending on the State in which they teach, remedial education teachers may have different requirements. Programs run and funded by State and local governments demand high standards, accountability, and evidence of student achievement. Programs run by private organizations, such as religious, community or volunteer organizations, develop their own standards that depend on their needs. Most State and local government programs require teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree, and many require a master’s degree. Those that do not require a master’s degree usually prefer candidates who have them. Some require an elementary or secondary school teaching certificate. A small number require a specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) or adult education certificate. Employers usually require teaching experience, particularly experience teaching adults in adult education courses. You can explore more about training for remedial educational teacher careers by clicking on this link for schools offering education degrees.


In 2002, remedial education teachers , including self-enrichment teachers, held about 280,000 jobs. About 1 in 5 were self-employed. There are many other teachers who teach these types of classes but work on a volunteer basis.

Job Outlook

Between 2002 and 2012, employment of remedial education teachers is expected to increase faster than the average. Employers are increasingly demanding a more literate workforce. Demand for ESL teachers will be particularly high because of a growing immigrant population that needs the ability to speak English effectively. The demand for remedial education teachers tends to fluctuate with the ups and downs of the economy. Employers hire less skilled workers, particularly those with limited English proficiency, during times of economic boom.