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A Guide to Educational Consultant Jobs

A Guide to Educational Consultant Jobs

Do you think you have what it takes to become an educational consultant?  Do you know everything that will be expected from you if you decide to pursue this exciting career path?  If not, the following information may prove very useful.  Here we will outline some of the specific duties that educational consultant jobs entail and provide some information on how you too can get started in this rewarding career.

What Is an Educational Consultant?

An educational consultant is an individual who works independently with schools, students and parents to help them reach their educational goals.  Unlike school counselors or psychologists, who are usually employed by their respective schools, an educational consultant is usually self-employed or a member of a larger consulting agency.  Currently, most educational consultants work in the United States, but several other countries have now begun to recognize the value of these independent support personnel.

What Does an Educational Consultant Do?

Educational consultants are considered experts in the improvement of the educational experience, and most consultants usually have a specific area of expertise.  Administrative consultants, for example, help school administrators develop long term goals for academic success across a wide range of subject areas, while specific subject-related educational consultants concern themselves mainly with that subject and that subject only, such as English, Mathematics or History.  Typically, an educational consultant may perform any of the following duties:

  • Develops and coordinates specific subject or grade level policies
  • Develops training programs and in-service education programs for teaching and administrative personnel
  • Works with federal, state and local government to develop curricula and establish guidelines
  • Works to improve teaching methods by involving both professional and lay groups
  • Performs regular curricula reviews and develops scoring rubrics
  • Conducts or actively participates in school meetings and trainings
  • Develops teaching aids to help teachers make the most of classroom time
  • Studies and prepares data to help school officials chart their progress or lack thereof
  • May help with local task forces or accreditation reviews
  • Develops individual education programs for special needs students
  • Serves as a liaison between school and local businesses

Educational Consultant:  Qualifications

While there is no hard and fast rule about the minimum qualifications of an educational consultant, the following usually apply:

  • A Masters degree or higher in the educational field
  • At least some experience working as a classroom teacher or administrator
  • Extremely organized
  • A leader who can both develop and implement policy

Educational consultants work with students and parents at every level of the school spectrum, including primary, middle and high schools, as well as higher learning establishments such as universities and colleges.  Those good at what they do can typically earn anywhere from $50,000-$100,000 annually, but must be willing to put in long hours and be dedicated to the school, parent or student they represent.  Retired teachers and administrators are prime candidates for educational consultant jobs, especially those who have achieved at least some level of success in a particular subject area or discipline, such as classroom or behavior management.

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