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How to become an adult education tutor?


How to become an adult education tutor

Can you give me some tips on how to become an adult education tutor?

In Ireland the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) are currently the main providers of adult education locally and are the most well known employers in this area. However recruitment processes for those interested in gaining employment in this area can vary from institution to institution. Therefore potential tutors need to contact them directly to find out about their recruitment processes. Generally there is no hard and fast way of becoming an adult education tutor. On average most adult education tutors are secondary school teachers. Although it is advisable, it is not essential for every adult education tutor to hold a qualification in this area. Most tutors come with an experiential background and have developed their skills through their work. However often tutors can have a variety of qualifications and experiences. There is no set pattern in qualifications. 

Community groups such as Meitheal often offer courses independently of ETBs so if you are interested in this field it is recommended that you keep an eye on local community notice-boards to see who is offering what and where. Potential adult education tutors can benefit from gaining certification in facilitation. Groups such as Meitheal deliver courses at various levels in this area. Activelink is an online network for Irish non-profit organisations. Activelink offers information on training and employment opportunities for those interested in a career in the adult education sector. Their website is

It can be advisable but not always necessary to have a qualification in adult education if thinking about teaching adults – NUIM and UCC offer certificates and diplomas in adult education, community education and community development. You may also be able to avail of these courses on an outreach basis.

Adult literacy tutors are people who want to work with adults who have literacy difficulties. If an adult wants to specialise in teaching literacy, they should contact their local literacy schemes. To be a tutor it is not necessary that you are a teacher, have a degree or have even finished second level education. Prospective tutors, however, will need to have excellent communication skills, strong literacy skills, be good listeners and have the ability to be discreet. It is essential that tutors provide training in complete confidence. After completing the training, the new tutor and student are matched to start one-to-one sessions. Tutors will be required to meet with the students at an agreed place and time.

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