My best advice to anyone considering a career in Adult Literacy is to have an open mind to the students' circumstances. Most times, there are very negative influences in the students' lives that we "more priveleged" adults just wouldn't understand. Just as a doctor or nurse must start at the "beginning" with a patient, so must we as teachers and our students. I would highly recommend this career. So many times, the adult student is ashamed, afraid, and withdrawn to the idea of being "taught". They have preconceived notions that people do not think highly of them. It is incredibly rewarding to see that student feel "equal" to other adults when they have accomplished completion of an adult education program. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose my career. I would even go a few steps further and add in a few counseling classes, as sometimes these adults need to come out from underneath other burdens to truly reach their educational goals. Poor self-esteem is the number one reason the adult student fails. If we can get them past that, they are almost assured success. In order to teach in adult education in most states, you need a bachelor's degree, but I highly recommend a dual bachelor's degree in adult education and school counseling or social work.