What is an Education Consultant and What Do They Do?

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Education Consultants vary widely in what they are and what they do. But the overall aim of an Education Consultant remains the same. An Education Consultant is someone who uses their qualifications and experience to advise on education and curriculums.

Often, Education Consultants will have both qualifications and experience in education and/or training which they use to advise others. There isn’t a set number of years or amount of experience that someone needs to complete before becoming an Education Consultant. In fact, Education Consultants can come from a wide variety of backgrounds including:

  • Teachers
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Headteachers/Principles
  • Further Education
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • Primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Pre-school/nursery/kindergarten
  • Specialist teachers, ie STEM
  • Training coordinators
  • Learning and development

Education Consultants can work for organisations or freelance. It completely depends on the individual, but as an Education Consultant, you can ultimately expect to help support specialist education and training needs of an organisation or individual.

What does an Education Consultant do?

That is an excellent question to start with.

Education Consultants do a variety of tasks and jobs. It all depends on their speciality and focus.

Some examples of things that Education Consultants do include:

  • Advising on curriculums
  • Quality assurance tasks
  • Creating courses
  • Designing courses
  • Advise on classroom policies
  • Advise of teaching and education technology
  • Put in place strategies to improve student achievement
  • Deliver workshops to upskill teachers in certain areas of training and education
  • Advising about a specific area of teaching, for example, a teaching style or subject

When working as an Education Consultant, you need to be specific in what you do. You very, very rarely get consultants in any speciality who specialise in everything to do with their profession.

For example, as an Education Consultant, I specialise in two areas:

  • Teaching others how to teach online
  • Curriculum development for online courses

Other Education Consultants might focus on the creation of online courses, but I focus on helping people to teach online and to develop their teaching skills for online courses. I also help people to plan the curriculums for their online courses.

Other areas which Education Consultants might specialise in include:

  • STEM
  • Specific school subjects
  • K-12 education
  • Primary school
  • Junior school
  • Further Education
  • Higher Education
  • Pre-school/nursery/kindergarten
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • University admissions
  • SAT prep
  • Private tuition

Book your Discovery Call

  • Do you want to create an online course, but don’t know where to start?
  • Do you have an online course, but want to improve it?
  • Do you want to learn how to teach online?
  • Do you have previous teaching experience and want to learn how to adapt your skills for teaching online?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, book in for a Discovery Call.

A Discovery Call lasts 15 minutes and is free of charge. The purpose of the call is for you to see if the service I offer fits with you, and for me to be assured that I can meet your expectations.

What qualifications do Education Consultants need?

The qualifications needed to be an Education Consultant will vary depending on what area of education you are consulting on.

Generally, you can expect an Education Consultant to have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Teaching qualification (if not part of their Bachelor’s degree)
  • Education or significant experience in a certain area of education or training
  • Experience working in the area you want to consult in
  • Continuing Professional Development. For example, Master’s degree, PhD, and any other training relevant to area you are consulting on

Business insurance

Aside from qualifications, it is important that Education Consultants also have relevant business insurance.

An Education Consultant is giving advice that can impact a business. Therefore, proper insurance is needed as this will offer protection if a business you advise on suffers as a result of your advice.

Remember: if you are working as an Education Consultant and running your own business, you are legally responsible for ensuring that you have the relevant business insurance in place.

If you employ the services of an Education Consultant, a good one will be able to show you evidence of their business insurance, when requested.

What skills do Education Consultants need?

Like qualifications, there are some generalised skills that Education Consultants need. These include:

  • A passion for education
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Thinking critically
  • Listening
  • Identifying client needs
  • Computer skills; ie word processing, PowerPoint, spreadsheets
  • Report writing
  • Professional development
  • Data analysis
  • Self management
  • Time management
  • Ability to work to deadlines

Do I need to use an Education Consultant?

This is completely up to you. And it depends on what you want from an Education Consultant.

For my services, if you answer ‘yes’ to any one of the following questions, get in contact and book a free Discovery Call to see if your needs fit with what I provide:

  • Do you want to create an online course, but don’t know where to start?
  • Do you have an online course, but want to improve it?
  • Do you want to learn how to teach online?
  • Do you have previous teaching experience and want to learn how to adapt your skills for teaching online?

Book your Discovery Call

Did you answer ‘Yes’ to any of those questions? Then book your discovery call today.

A Discovery Call lasts 15 minutes and is free of charge. The purpose of the call is for you to see if the service I offer fits with you, and for me to be assured that I can meet your expectations.

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