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Self-Enrichment Education Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches or instructs courses other than those that normally lead to an occupational objective or degree. Courses may include self-improvement, nonvocational, and nonacademic subjects. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching and Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Monitors students' performance in order to make suggestions for improvement and to ensure that they satisfy course standards, training requirements and objectives.
  • Instructs students individually and in groups using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
  • Enforces policies and rules governing students.
  • Observes students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.
  • Conducts classes, workshops and demonstrations, and provides instruction on topics such as cooking, dancing, writing, physical fitness, photography, personal finance and flying.
  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects, and communicates them to students.
  • Plans and supervises class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests or other experiential activities, and guides students in learning from those activities.
  • Prepares students for further development by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Prepares instructional program objectives, outlines and lesson plans.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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