Teacher Certification and Credentialing in Adult Education - Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List

Teacher Certification and Credentialing in Adult Education

June 20-24, 2011

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Many adult education teachers have been trained and certified in the K-12 system, but have little or no training in teaching adults. Others have experience helping adults, but are not familiar with effective instructional strategies that promote learning. Many do not consider either of these choices to be adequate preparation for adult educators. Join our guests on the Professional Development List June 20-24, 2011, to explore the following questions and more in a discussion of Teacher Certification and Credentialing in Adult Education:

  • What should the qualifications be to teach in adult education programs?
  • What knowledge and skills do you think are needed to teach adults?
  • How does this differ based on different aspects of the field, such as ABE, ASE, ELL, or by different content areas like numeracy?
  • How important is certification and credentialing to you and what would it do for the field? For example, will certification result in greater professionalization of the field?
  • Should we develop systems of certification and credentialing and, if so, what models exist for certifying or credentialing both pre-service and in-service teachers to work with adults?


  • Gretchen Bitterlin, ESL Program Chair, San Diego Continuing Education Program, San Diego Community College District
  • Miriam Burt, Manager, Adult ESL Projects, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
  • Forrest Chisman, Vice President, Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL)
  • Lynda Ginsburg, Senior Researcher, Center for Math, Science and Computer Education, Rutgers University
  • Bob Hughes, Associate Professor of Adult Education, Seattle University
  • Cristine Smith, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Facilitator: Jackie Taylor, Professional Development List Moderator, Literacy Information and Communication System


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