Secondary education is one of the many types of education available to adults. It usually consists of classroom-based or blended independent studies courses designed for students of varying grade levels from high school to their college years. The typical programs include Adult Basic Education (AE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE). In addition, there are some university-level professional courses such as the Associate’s in Science Degree (ASD) and the Bachelor of Science Degree (BSD).
Adults who wish to earn a secondary education degree can take various path leading to a secondary education degree. Many adults decide to get their diploma from a community college. In this case, they will have to work a few years in the program in one of its colleges or technical schools before being awarded a degree. However, adults who want to get their adult GED and high school equivalency diploma at the same time as their primary education can go straight to an accredited university to earn a degree. However, adults who would like to get their bachelor’s degree or graduate in the future might consider earning their secondary education degrees from a university that is not fully accredited just to make sure that they will be accepted to one of its graduate programs in the future. For this purpose, they may look into getting their adult GED or high school equivalency diploma from an unaccredited institution.
Currently, twenty-nine states require adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers in public elementary and secondary schools to be trained under the National Educational Association’s (NEA) guidelines. However, there are still seven states that do not require any adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers in public elementary and secondary schools. In the District of Columbia, which is not an NNA member state, adult education and training programs are provided by the General Instructional Training and Improvement Program (GITIP), an education consortium created by the U.S. Department of Education. Six states currently participate in GITIP, including Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
There are some areas in the United States that are trying to improve their social studies programs. According to the U.S. Department of Education, half of all secondary students live in poverty. This is according to the U.S. Department of Education’s supplemental report on the status of children living in poverty. More than one-third of all secondary students did not graduate from high school last year, and one-third of all students did not pass the college completion test. As a result, the Department of Education has identified the social studies program as one of the core components of the National Standards for Teachers in Mathematics and Reading (also known as the Nation’s Tests of excellence in mathematics and reading) for secondary school.
In terms of adult secondary education teachers, there are many changes taking place across the country, with many schools now requiring adult literacy and high school teachers have specialized training in order to teach this subject matter. In many areas of the country, adult literacy and high school teachers are required to complete specialized training through either a community college or state approved teacher-training institute. In some states, this requirement is waived if the teacher already possesses the specific education credentials through another form of education or career. In the vast majority of cases, however, adult, special education teachers are required to take this additional training.
Special education programs also cover a wide variety of other subjects, such as dyslexia, learning disabilities, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and many other learning disabilities that are typically found only in adults. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes nine separate conditions that are present in adults, which require special teaching methods and instructional practices in order to effectively help these adults to function normally in everyday situations. These nine conditions are: adult dyslexia; ADD/ADHD; autism; asthma; bipolar disorder; visual impairment; speech-language disorder; seizures; and other conditions that may be diagnosed through professional evaluation. While these conditions are not commonly found in children, they are a continual challenge to the professional development of many teachers and educators. Therefore, many adult education programs utilize expert training in order to recognize the different learning disabilities and work with struggling adult students who are often suffering from one or more of these disorders.
The United States Department of Education has identified a series of areas that require special instruction in order to provide the necessary services to adults with disabilities. Among these services are adult basic education programs, which are designed to provide adults with a basic understanding of the materials and coursework that will be covered in a typical classroom. An adult basic education program can be completed at a high school diploma or GED level. Adult high school completion is required to qualify for most Federal aid programs. In order to achieve a high degree in adult education from any of the institutions that participate in the Federal Pell Grant program, a high school completion is required.
A major component of higher-level courses, such as psychology, English literature, math, and social studies, is the preparation of a course portfolio. This consists of a summary of the student’s strengths and weaknesses, a description of their academic interests and professional goals, and a personal statement that showcase the students’ unique personality and communication style. After completing this task, the portfolio is reviewed by a committee of teachers and others who will be involved in the students’ learning experience. Students who successfully complete the four stages of the portfolio exam are awarded a grade based on their portfolio, their overall performance in the classroom, and their ability to demonstrate that they understand and apply the material taught in the classroom. An adult who is awarded an earned GED is considered an adult with an acceptable level of academic achievement and is granted eligibility for financial aid based on need.