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The Office of Adult Education

Two Penn Center
1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1412
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone number: (215) 686-5250
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Tutor Now: GED® and HiSET® Prep @ Online Course
Oct 28 @ 5:40 pm – Nov 11 @ 6:40 pm

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. They aid staff, especially adult education teachers who rely on them to help facilitate lesson plans and hone in on students who benefit from more focused support.

The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE tutor trainings offered by the Office of Adult Education. The training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!  For volunteers who may have teaching experience from K-12 education settings, this training will draw on your existing knowledge and help you prepare to work with adult learners in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up to become an adult education volunteer tutor today!


The Tutor Now: GED® and HiSET® Prep training offer tutors the skills to help students achieve success in passing the GED® or HiSET® exams to obtain their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD). The training provides specific information regarding the tests, tools to help students organize information to effectively answer test questions and tools to help learners develop and use testing skills strategically to maximize outcomes.

Online Training Course

The online training allows volunteers to complete the work online at their own pace within the two-week period. An online facilitator will provide guidance, clarification, support and evaluate the work submitted by potential volunteers.


3-week course

The online Tutor Now, GED® and HiSET® Prep course requires participants to complete 7 to 13 hours of training (4 to 5 hours a week).

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Tutor Institute 2018 @ District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, 10th Floor
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

A Conference for Volunteer Tutors, Mentors, Instructors and Adult Educators

The Office of Adult Education invites you to attend the 2018 Tutor Institute: Cultivating Stronger, Skillful Learning Communities. Join us in recognizing and celebrating the role of community in the work of adult education tutors and practitioners.

In community, we discover and share resources – materials, strategies and tolls that enable us to better serve adult learners. In community, we connect and collaborate to learn and share experiences. It is this strong sense of community that motivates volunteerism and it is the sense of belonging that gives purpose to our work. Learn from experts, share your experiences, ask questions, engage in meaningful conversations and make connections.

Tutor Institute is hosted in partnership with District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund to provide free professional development for Philadelphia’s adult education tutors, mentors, teachers and administrators.

More information coming soon!

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