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Adult Education Instructor - ESL/ABE/GED

Reading Area Community College
Reading, PA

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Arts & Humanities, English As A Second Language
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

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Application Instructions

Send a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references from past supervisors, to

Please indicate the job code Literacy Programs in the subject line of your email.

After sending in your documents, please fill out the online Job Applicant Identifier form. RACC is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with government regulations we are required to record numbers of job applicants by sex and ethnic category. We ask that you indicate your race or national origin and sex, but you are not required to provide this information. This information will not be kept with your application and will be used only in accordance with state and federal regulations.

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Job Details Title:Adult Education Instructor - ESL/ABE/GEDAnnounce date:06/12/2024Apply by date:06/27/2024Application status:Reviewing ApplicationsPosition type: Full-time Salary:$38,699 per year

Working Hours:

Working hours for this position consist of a 7.5 hour period (between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm) Monday through Friday exclusive of a 1/2 or 1 hour lunch. These hours are to be agreed upon between the supervisor and employee at the onset of employment.

This position will require some evening and/or weekend work with the employee having the option of working this time in addition to, or in lieu of regular hours.


The Adult Ed Instructor reports to the Director of Literacy Programs who will assign location and hours of the Adult Ed Instructor activities. This individual serves as a primary instructor for full year (ABE/GED or ESL) classes. Instruction assignments may be made in any of the instructional areas and are subject to change based on program needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Maintain responsibility for instruction and classroom management under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and RACC policies.
  2. Responsible for teaching ESL/ABE/GED courses using instructional methods geared toward the adult learner in a classroom setting. Courses may be in person, remote, Hyflex, or blended.
  3. Develop lessons using a digital curriculum based on the learning needs of culturally diverse and multi-skill level students to increase English language reading, speaking and writing skills or prepare students to pass the GED tests. Lesson plans must follow College and Career Readiness Standards.
  4. Develop classroom instruction materials, handouts, PowerPoint materials and other resources relevant to classroom instruction using Microsoft Teams as the main delivery platform for instruction (subject to change).
  5. Implement a variety of supplemental instructional methods, that include group or individualized instruction as well as computer programs and applications that help students make learning gains.
  6. Administer student assessments to gauge student literacy skills and progress.
  7. Work with students on employment or education goals and monitor their progress.
  8. Complete and maintain appropriate student attendance and assessment records. Ensure timely submission of data and reports.
  9. Maintain good communications and working relationships with program staff, appropriate agencies, class site location staff and other college offices.
  10. Adhere to procedures and policies for the smooth day-to-day operation of the program.
  11. Complete all Department of Education modules required for new hires within 6 months of beginning employment.
  12. Participate in Instructor meetings and professional development activities as required. Some in person meetings on the RACC campus in Reading, Pennsylvania will be required.
  13. Perform other duties related to RACC as deemed appropriate by supervisor.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

Required for ABE (GED) Level I &ESL:

  1. Bachelor's degree plus 2 years of teaching experience
  2. Experience with adult education population, curriculum development and at-risk populations

Required for ABE (GED) Level II:

  1. Secondary math teaching certification OR a Bachelor’s degree or higher that ensures knowledge of all content required in the Subject Specific Program Guidelines for PA Mathematics 7-12 Certification
  2. Experience with adult education population, curriculum development and at-risk populations


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Education
  2. Familiarity with literacy programs, testing and specific needs of adult learners
  3. Teaching Certificate
  • For Level 5 & 6 Adult Basic Education Instruction (GED): PA Secondary Math Certification or equivalent coursework.
Communication Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to teach grammar, vocabulary, and the writing of essays, reports, and business correspondence to prepare students for the GED test or to learn English as a Second Language. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to teach basic algebra and geometry to prepare students for the GED test. Ability to compute and teach rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Internet software; Excel spreadsheet software, Word processing software and PowerPoint. Knowledge of online communication programs such as MS Teams, Google Drive or Zoom. The program uses MS Teams and multiple digital learning platforms. This job requires use of technology such as, but not limited to, smartboards, smart TV’s, document cameras, and laptop computers.

Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills required.
  • Know or be willing to learn how to use classroom technology such as laptop computers, document cameras, smart televisions and Smart Boards.
Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Working at Reading Area Community College

Reading Area Community College (RACC) is a mid-size comprehensive community college located in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania in the City of Reading.  The College serves not only Berks County but draws students from the surrounding area.  Located less than 60 miles from Philadelphia and 50 miles from Harrisburg, Reading and its suburbs offers a quality-of-life, as well as access to major cultural, urban environments.               

The institution is committed to a philosophy of student success with an experienced, dedicated faculty and staff.  The academic portfolio includes 40-plus programs ranging from liberal arts to engineering, as well as a unique center devoted to cutting edge technologies supporting local businesses and industries.  The College has incorporated a strong commitment to technology and is adding each year to its online course offerings as well as blended, hybrid courses enabling the community year round access to quality education.  The College is also designated the only Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in Pennsylvania.

The College is looking to attract individuals who are interested in helping Reading Area Community College continue its evolution as a standard for opportunity, excellence, and hope for students. RACC is devoted to enabling students to fulfill their academic goals.   We particularly welcome applications from energetic, enthusiastic individuals who wish to be a part of a growing, thriving community college and who share this commitment.

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