Truth For Teachers - How to become an educational consultant (2022)

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I get emails on a regular basis from educators who want tostart an educational consulting career, but aren’t sure how to get started. They envision themselves coaching teachers, providing professional development, and supporting schools and teachers in a variety of ways, but can’t find any formal or official way of making the career shift to educational consulting.

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The first and most important step that should be taken by anyone who thinks they may want to get education consulting jobs is this:

Figure out your passion.

Do you love helping teachers integrate technology into their instruction? Are you passionate about sharing best practices in a particular subject area? Does the idea of teaching other people how to reach students with disabilities make your heart pound with excitement? “Education” is a really broad area, so narrow down your area(s) of expertise. For me, this was obviously classroom management and helping teachersenjoytheir work.

Don’t worry about whether your passion is “monetizable.”

Mine didn’t seem to be, and I followed it as a hobby for many years when I was a classroom teacher without any forseeable way of making money. My advice is to focus on what you love and do the work because it brings you joy–make that the definition of success for you. There is no shortage of experts telling teachers how to do their jobs. There IS a shortage of experts who are willing to dedicate themselves to providing educator support–even when there is no immediate pay off for them–because they love what they do and genuinely care about teachers and kids.

Next, establish yourself as an expert.

No one ever gave me an official stamp of approval and classified me on some mysterious list as The Expert. I just put my ideas out there on the web! I started in 2004, and over time, teachers responded to my techniques in increasing numbers and I gained credibility. Having a masters degree and National Board Certification lends a sort of official-ness to my credentials, but I think it’s the voice and experience of a real person that matters most.

Site visitors kept urging me to publish a book, and in 2008, I wroteThe Cornerstone. I really enjoyed writing it and am now releasingmy fourth book. Thanks to the internet and major changes in the publishing industry, it’s getting easier and easier to starting your own publishing company as I did, or even just self-publish your book.If you feel like you have a book inside you waiting to be written, go for it!Write about what you know and love. Being a published author will lend you credibility, book royalties will boost your passive income flow, and you’ll have a manual for teachers and schools to purchase when you give professional development seminars.

Of course, you can get your name out there and establish a strong reputation in many other ways. I think it’s crucial to develop a professional community network through Twitter and blogging. Ask questions, participate in conversations, read books, and share what works (and what doesn’t) in your experience. Let your websiteor blog serve as a collection of your work and experience. Attending and presenting at conferences, both online and in person, is a fantastic way to connect with other educators. If these types of networking and idea-sharing activities don’t excite you, then you probably won’t enjoy consulting.

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Networking is never ending in this field and should be done just because you love connecting with educators,

not because you’re hoping to get work. The most successful consultants I know maintain an extremely active web presence because they like sharing ideas–they’re already booked years in advance, but they network out of passion. For the most part, they’re just there to give and to learn.

Be prepared to read and write constantly.

It’s important to stay current in the field, so read LOTS of blogs (and discuss them in the comments.) Relationship building is integral, so even when reading books, I’ll still go online and leave reviews on my website, Amazon, etc. to spark discussion and share ideas. I answer every email I get from teachers on any subject from room arrangement to behavior modification to parent communication issues. I respond to each and every comment on my blog. Is all of this required? No. Do I get paid for this? No. But reading and writing online is a big part of being a consultant in the 21st century, and if the very thought of those tasks exhausts you, you’re better off thinking of a different line of work.

So, how do you actually get educational consulting jobs?

Think outside the box in terms of work opportunities.

You’re probably going to have to let go of the dream of job security, health benefits, and a pension. Most (but not all) education consultant jobs arepart time, per diem. For me, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Being an educational consultant means I have complete and total freedom to accept the work I like and reject what’s not the best fit for me. I make my own schedule and I don’t get bogged down in the politics that comes from being employed by a school district.

Working for an education consultant firmcan be fantastic.

In New York City, there are several private companies who hire consultants and then school systems negotiate contracts with the companies. The organization I work for now is contracted with the NYCDOE as well as several regional religious boards of education, and I get the majority of my work through them. Sure, the company takes a cut from my earnings, but their outstanding reputation also means they get a lot of contracted work and command top dollar for it. They also set up the payments, negotiate the number of days and hours worked, hold meetings with the DOE, and handle other stuff that can really be a drag if you have to handle it yourself. And contrary to popular belief, the companies I’m familiar with (four major, nationwide organizations) do NOT micromanage the work. There is some paperwork to complete for documentation purposes, of course, but the goals of the consultancy and the way those goals are met is determined jointly by the consultant and school administration. The work is very much customized and school-based; the consultants are not required to push an agenda or sell a product. It’s solely about meeting the needs of kids and teachers. If this flexibility is important to you, make sure the companies you apply to work with hold the same ideal.

Use a feed reader to keep your eye on the job listings.

To debunk a major myth: Craiglist isnota bad place to find work! I got hired by three major companies through their Craigslist ads! I set up a specific search on Monster.com, Craiglist, and The New York Times, and had the job listings sent to me via Google Reader. This way, not only were all the listings permanently archived for me, they were also searchable: I could type “coach” or “consultant” into Google Reader and read only the listings that fit what I was looking for if I didn’t want to scroll through all of them.

Being an independent consultant–working for yourself or your own company–is another option.

I do that, as well, as the owner and founder ofDue Season Press and Educational Services. Out of personal preference, I don’t actively look for independent consulting work, but I do regularly have schools, districts, and universities invite me to speak and conduct professional development for them. All of this work has come through my web and social media presence: someone reads my stuff, likes me, and gets their organization to book me. I don’t have set rates and usually way under-price myself because I know the budget crunch everyone is facing. That’s fine! These are all people who sought me out because they respect me and my work–they want me to help them implementmyideas, and I’m excited to do it!

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Sometimes people ask questions that make it very clear they want to measure my success in concrete terms:How many books have you sold? How much revenue do you get from your website? How many days a month are you working in schools?I crunch the numbers a few times a year to make sure I’m being fiscally responsible, but I don’t pay close attention to any of that stuff on a daily basis. I measure my success as a consultant this way: Am I living out my passion? That sounds a little pie-in-the-sky, but it’s been the key to my contentment in this field where money is not guaranteed and many of the tasks don’t result directly in gaining income.

Always do what you love because you love doing it.

Some projects will bring more money, recognition, and opportunities than others, but if you complete each one because of your passion for the field and a sincere desire to help other people, EVERY project will be worth doing.

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How Do I Get Started?

If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide for starting your own educational consulting business, you won’t find one. There’s no single one right way to do it, and every situation is unique. But I do have abrand new resource that might be helpful for you in getting started.

It’s a 1 hour and 40 minute webinar calledHow to Transition Into Educational Consulting. The videocomes with a 31 page transcript, 8 page note-taking guide, andan audio-only version so you can listen and re-listen while exercising, driving, or getting things done around the house.In these resources, I share:

  • 6 steps for transitioning into educational consulting
  • How consulting and instructional coaching can go hand in hand
  • How to create a long-range game plan: what to do next week, next month, next year
  • How to find your niche and stay on top of educational trends
  • 4 tools you shouldleverage as you establish yourself as an expert online
  • How to build your social media presence (even if you’re working from scratch)
  • Waystocreate passive income so you get paid even when you’re not consulting
  • How to get your first speaking/consulting gigs in your local area and expand into bigger markets
  • How to find freelancer work for an existing educational consulting or instructional coaching company
  • How (and when) to start yourowneducational consulting or coaching company
  • How much to charge for coaching and educational consulting services
  • How to transition out of the classroom and when (or if!) you should quit your day job
  • How to find a daily schedule that works with your natural cycles of creativity/productivity

This is NOT a formal training program. There are no slides or fancy handouts.This is simply a video of me sharing my experience and advice with you. The tone and format is casual: it’s exactly what you’d hear if we sat down for a cup of coffee in my living room and you asked to pick my brainfor awhile.

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The information I am sharing here will save you an immeasurable amount of time, energy, and anxiety over whether you can actually monetize your passion and propel your work to the next level. Ithelpyou transition into educational consulting where you can potentially make tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.Click here to learn more.

Here’s what teachers are saying:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, Angela, for sharing your time and expertise! I feel like I have a much better sense of the direction I need to go in next. I also know the steps I can start taking right now to get me where I want to go.”–Amber, New York City, NY

“You have made me feel encouraged and inspired. I wasn’t sure if consulting was something I would be able to do, but you really helped me see what my strengths are and how I can utilize them in my business.”–Gary, Marietta, GA

“I definitely feel better prepared now to move forward with building my website and marketing my skills. I needed someone to bounce ideas off of, someone who knows what kinds of expertise is needed right now in the field of education and could help me see how I could fit into that.”–Beth, Amarillo, TX

“We are selling more teaching products than ever before! Thank you SO much for showing us how to spread the word about our resources. You made it sound like a really simple and mangeable process and it actually has been! I can’t tell you what a big difference this has made in our website traffic, too. Thank you again!”–Kristy, Philadelphia, PA

Want more free advice, tips, and tricks on getting started as an educational consultant?

Just enter your email address below,and I’ll send you a FREE 8 minute video excerpt on transitioning into educational consulting. About once a month, I’ll send you other free resources to help you along your journey as a consultant. I’m looking forward to connecting with you!

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FAQs

What qualifications do you need to be an education consultant? ›

Generally, you'll need a first degree or HND to be an education consultant, but experience and determination will count for a lot in the industry. You can get into education consultancy with a degree in any subject, but a degree in education or psychology may be advantageous.

What is the meaning of educational consultant? ›

An Educational Consultant (EC) is a consultant who helps parents/students and organizations with educational planning. An EC offers similar services to school counselors, but is normally self-employed or employed by consulting firms, while school counselors are employed by schools.

How can I become an educational consultant in India? ›

A minimum of a bachelor's degree, but in many cases, a master's or PhD. Education and/or experience in a specific subject or area of study. Experience working in the educational setting in which you want to consult. Knowledge of state and federal education regulations and policy.

What do teacher consultants do? ›

Serve as an advisor for teachers, parents, school administrators, school boards, and government officials. Assess education standards and classroom policies, as well as grades and test scores. Help implement changes to curriculum based on data. Survey students to change programs or curriculum.

How much should I charge as an educational consultant? ›

Independent educational consultant fees are about $200 per hour on average. Although, some consultants charge as low as $85 per hour. Most clients purchase service packages, which range anywhere from $850 to $10,000, depending on what the package includes and the consultant's experience.

What services do educational consultants offer? ›

Education Consultants provide guidance to school teaching faculty on curriculum, teaching styles and recommended resources and textbooks. They may also recommend strategies to help improve a school's rankings and academic standing. Education Consultants generally work as independent contractors.

What is higher education consulting? ›

In a broad sense, however, higher education consultants work closely with students, families, and educational institutions to help them achieve various goals: Parents and families often hire education consultants to guide their children to academic success and earn admission into their top choice universities.

How do I become an international education consultant? ›

Expand your knowledge and master necessary skills in education and overseas markets. Gather information such as different career options, courses, countries, colleges, application processes, writing essays, SOPs, LORs, and more. Establish a strong network with universities, agents and consultants.

What are the documents required for consultancy? ›

Once you have started your proprietorship firm, you should have these documents handy with you.
  • Letter Head with the name of company.
  • Visiting card.
  • Company Rubber Stamp.
  • Your PAN Card.
  • Address Proof (copy of telephone bill. ...
  • Rent Agreement if you are running from rented premises.

How much do educational consultants charge in India? ›

For every student, a consultant sends to a university, s/he earns between Rs 50k and 1.5 lakh as commission from the university. And whichever country or college does not pay the commission, the student pays for the counselling!

What do we mean by education? ›

Education refers to the discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in schools or school-like environments, as opposed to various nonformal and informal means of socialization.

How do education agents make money? ›

Direct a student into a course that is favoured by them so they make the most commission. Certain schools may pay education agents a higher commission that other schools. A bad education agent may direct you to the school that pays the highest commission.

How do I become a college planner? ›

CEPs must be full or part time college counselors (school-based or independent) or educational consultants, hold a Master's degree or higher in a relevant field (or demonstrate extensive comparable experience including relevant certificate programs), and demonstrate, through references, high ethical standards.

How do I become an international education consultant? ›

Expand your knowledge and master necessary skills in education and overseas markets. Gather information such as different career options, courses, countries, colleges, application processes, writing essays, SOPs, LORs, and more. Establish a strong network with universities, agents and consultants.

How do I become an education agent UK? ›

  1. Online training for prospective UK education agents. ...
  2. Become a certified British Council agent or counsellor. ...
  3. Taster training for the British Council agent and counsellor training suite. ...
  4. British Council database of trained agents and counsellors. ...
  5. Good practice guidance and UK information.

How do I become an early years consultant? ›

To become an early years advisor, you're likely to need the following skills and qualities:
  1. Strong leadership skills.
  2. Knowledge of leadership approaches.
  3. Objective evaluation and monitoring skills.
  4. Able to mentor and coach others effectively.
  5. Solid understanding of EYFS pedagogy, including inclusive practices.

How do I become a UK university consultant? ›

Postgraduate – Masters
  1. A good academic record in Bachelors Degree from a recognized university is necessary.
  2. Any work experience in the field will be helpful.
  3. For MBA programs at some Universities students need to have work experience along with their Bachelors Degree.
  4. 6.5 IELTS.

Why is educational consultancy important? ›

Educational consultancies also help with statements of purpose, relevant essays, applications, visas and even safety related concerns in foreign destinations. They essentially take upon themselves most of the burdens that students would have had to otherwise struggle with.

What does an international educational consultant do? ›

As an international education consultant, your job is to support students looking for academic opportunities abroad. In this role, you may help them learn more about a research program, make school suggestions, and otherwise provide advice to help them make a final decision.

How do foreign education consultants make money? ›

Commission from foreign colleges/universities

The consultants have formal contracts with foreign educational institutes. They're paid a predetermined sum of money once a student successfully enrolls, pays the school fee and receives visa approval.

Can education agents apply student visa? ›

Education Agents Do Support Student Visa Related Matters

The only overlap between the roles of education agents and migration agents is around assisting students to gain a student visa.

How much do UK universities pay agents? ›

There are concerns from some in the UK about commission rates spiralling away from the 'standard' 10% commission rates, with some suggesting large recruiting agents may be paid 20%+ by universities.

Why do you want to study in the UK? ›

If you study in the UK, your degree will be recognized and respected around the world. Receiving a degree from a UK university will provide you with a solid foundation for the real world and will help you get your dream job. Studying in the UK will make your CV stand out to prospective employers.

How do I become an early years specialist teacher? ›

Typical offer. A 2:2 honours degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification. Trainees must be employed in an appropriate early years setting for at least 16 hours per week. Trainees must be working at settings that deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to be funded.

Do school nurseries need a teacher? ›

The Department for Education has confirmed that maintained schools are currently required to have 'school teachers' for nursery and reception classes, as laid out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework.

Do you need a degree to be a consultant? ›

A bachelor's degree in business management, marketing, economics, engineering, or a similar area is often the minimum requirement for becoming a business consultant. Top business consulting firms usually require a master's degree.

Which education consultancy is best for UK? ›

Laurels Education is the Best Study Abroad/ Overseas Education Consultants in the UK. We are helping students to get admission to the best university. We assist you in the complete process from initial reviews to placement and enrollment.

Do you need a degree to become a management consultant? ›

You can pursue a career in management consultancy with a degree in any subject, but disciplines that involve a high level of analytical and problem-solving work such as economics, business, finance and engineering are particularly useful.

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