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The Adult Learning Resource Center (ALRC) has provided expert professional development for adult and family educators since the 1970s. The ALRC utilizes content expertise and current research to deliver high quality services to individuals, programs, and state networks. Professional development and technical assistance are provided to educators through workshops, online courses, and other activities. See the ALRC Professional Development Catalogs for details.

ALRC’s services are practitioner-based and user-friendly, responding to the current and changing needs of the field of adult education. All of the ALRC’s professional development activities are based on addressing instruction for the state’s content standards for ABE/ASE Language Arts, ABE/ASE Mathematics, and ESL.
Services include:
• single and multi-day training workshops
• intensive institutes
• online training courses
• individualized technical assistance
• special interest networking ("provider") groups
• publications and materials dissemination
• library collections
• an annual fall conference

Credential Requirements for Adult Educators in Illinois

To teach adult education classes funded by the Illinois Community College Board, there are three minimum state requirements:
• Hold a Bachelor’s degree in education or related field
• Complete the free New Teacher Orientation (NTO) online course within six months of hire (see ALRC Online Professional Development Catalog for details)
• Complete 12 hours of professional development each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)

Each organization may have additional requirements. Commonly, a master's degree in Adult Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or another related field is preferred, along with teaching experience.

Other Sources of Professional Development

The Adult Learning Resource Center’s workshops and online courses are just one of many sources for professional development for adult educators.

For more information about the ALRC or its services, contact Sue Barauski, Director,, 224-366-8500.

Adult Learning Resource Center, 2626 S. Clearbrook Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4626, Phone 224-366-8500, Fax  847-378-6225 ©2004


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