Daniel Schugurensky, Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

Questions and Answers on Adult Education

Edited by Daniel Schugurensky

This site includes questions and answers on Adult Education that were written by students in the course 'Outline of Adult Education' at OISE/UT. The questions are first raised in class by the students themselves. Then they organize in teams in order to research and answer them. New entries are added regularly. This website is intended to provide information about the field to new students and to those who have a general interest in Adult Education. Anyone is welcome to submit a question and/or answer.


What are the job opportunities for adult educators in the labour market?

Prepared by Maria Casciato, OISE/UT

There are many different avenues to take in searching for a job opportunity in Adult Education.  While we live in a society that promotes life long learning, it is important to note that many positions in Adult Education are part-time, voluntary, contract or few full-time.  However, having said that, the vast spectrum of opportunities will provide one with the experience and knowledge to grow in their career and achieve stability. As many Adult Educators have no formal educational background, relying solely on their work experience, it is an advantage to those with a degree and pedagogical training to enter the profession and gain experience while on the job.

Adult Literacy, Remedial and Self-Enrichment Teachers:

Working in the Arts, such as Popular Theatre:

Working in various educational departments:

Working in the Private Sector:

Other job opportunities that use a wide variety of skills and aptitudes are:

Specific job opportunities in the Toronto area that required Adult Educators are:

The Educational Requirements to Work in the Field of Adult Education

    Many organizations require a university degree, such as English, to teach adult literacy, ABE, and remedial education. As well, some require training or certification in ESL (or other specialized training) that would be beneficial in this stream of occupations. As well, to enter into corporate training or college education, a certificate in Adult Education would be required. Those with a Masters degree find work in a host of educational and training settings as University or College instructors, trainers, administrators, program planners, and researchers. Community colleges and organizations like to hire people with adult education training and will provide the obligatory course in adult education if you do not already have the training.


Councils of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC): Report to UNESCO on Adult Education (WWW page) URL:  http://www.cmec.ca/international/adulted-en.stm#2

College Graduate, Career Information (WWW page) URL: http://www.collegegrad.com

St. Francis Xavier University (WWW page) URL: http://www.stfx.ca/academic/english/Careers/aeducation.html

The Learning Curves, Anne McDonagh, annemcdo@nobelmed.com

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