Technology is rapidly changing the way people learn, and schools everywhere are adapting to help prepare students to engage in the dynamics of the 21st century. Many schools, families, and educational organizations rely on the expertise of education consultants to influence positive educational change and improve student achievement.
Education consultants are often teachers or administrators who want a break from the daily routine but still wish to remain involved in the field of education. They are passionate about K–12 or higher education and want to positively influence student achievement. Most are looking for an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in how education is delivered and received.
Education consultants offer a diverse skill set that allows them to work with teachers, administrators, and parents at all education levels. They’re detail-oriented and well-organized with superb written and oral communication skills. Education consultants are experienced presenters who can tailor their message to any audience. They offer solutions and connect with students, teachers, and schools to increase chances for student success.
In general, education consultants provide guidance to those who seek their service, which can include families; schools, including and colleges and universities; and educational organizations.
For some teachers and administrators, taking a break to become an education consultant may only be temporary while others decide to stay in an advisory role. The field of education is becoming increasingly competitive. Education consultants with an advanced degree, such as a Doctor of Education (EdD), will likely earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree. Building expertise in key areas of education like curriculum, instruction, and assessment can also help round out a teacher or administrator’s experience. Walden University’s EdD program with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is designed for education practitioners aspiring to be curriculum experts who can make an impact on student achievement in any educational system.
*Higher Education Consultants Association, Advancing Professionalism in College Counseling, on the internet at www.hecaonline.org.
†Learn.org, How Do I Become an Educational Consultant?, on the internet at http://learn.org/articles/How_Do_I_Become_an_Educational_Consultant.html.
‡R. Bruens, Education Consultant: Career and Salary Information, Teaching Careers, Concordia University, on the internet at https://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/teaching-careers/educational-consultant/.