What Is an Education Consultant?

an education consultant helping a student in a one on one session

As the dynamics of education shift, education consultants help families, students and schools with their varied educational needs. Education consultants usually have an education degree. They may be former classroom teachers or administrators.

Education consultants are passionate about K-12 and higher education. They want to influence student achievement and help teachers and organizations grow in meaningful ways. Education consultants are concerned with knowing how education is developed and delivered. They understand how both youth and adult learners receive information and can make decisions that benefit them.

What Do Education Consultants Do?

Education consultants can pursue a wide range of roles according to their educational interests. What they do often depends on what area of education they are most interested in. Those education consultants who want to work directly with families and students may work in the following areas:

School Choice

An education consultant can help families determine what school is the best fit for their child. An education consultant who works in school choice will research a family's needs and a student's wants to identify an ideal school. Consultants may even visit schools to determine whether they are the right fit for the clients and their children. After a thorough investigation of school options, the consultants make their recommendations.

College Admissions

Many education consultants, especially those with advanced education degrees who used to work in higher education, become college admissions consultants. They know the ins and outs of how to help students apply to colleges, from filling out the general application and learning about financial aid to even determining which colleges to apply to in the first place.

Just like school choice consultants, those who work in college admissions may help a family do the research that is needed to determine where their child might go to school. They investigate location, special programs and budget constraints to find a good fit. College admissions education consultants might also coach students through the interview process or the essay writing part of the application and even help them know what to expect when they begin college.

School Initiatives

Sometimes schools have special projects that they want to implement but do not have a staff member who is already an expert in that area. In such cases, they often bring in education consultants. A consultant might determine a school’s technology and make recommendations for how to implement 1:1 technology initiatives, blended learning programs or other innovations. Additionally, education consultants may specialize in certain areas such as English language learners, special education or diversity and inclusion. They may work as consultants on special programs to improve student achievement. Education consultants who are brought in to work on school initiatives can help schools and districts see things more objectively.

Curriculum Advising

Just as education consultants come in to work on special initiatives at schools, they also advise on curriculum to help schools reach certain goals. Education consultants often understand many different types of curriculum products and can help schools and districts choose the best ones for their students and teachers. Education consultants may be the first people who review curriculum for a school or district and narrow down the options. Then, during the curriculum adoption phase, teachers and other members of the school community may have to examine the remaining choices to make the final decision.

Finally, education consultants work with organizations that influence education, such as textbook publishers, nonprofits and ed-tech curriculum creators.

Curriculum Development

Many education consultants have education degrees and have worked in classrooms. They know how important it is to have a solid, well-written curriculum. Those who are good writers and interested in instructional design may find work as curriculum developers or instructional designers for organizations that create educational materials. They may make suggestions about what kinds of topics are needed or they may be more hands-on and write lessons for these organizations.

Training and Professional Development

Many educational publishers and content creators employ education consultants to train teachers and other school professionals in the use of their products. These education consultants travel from school to school and act as ambassadors for the products. They hold professional development sessions to demonstrate the products to teachers and show them how to implement the new curriculum in their classrooms. In addition, education consultants may travel to education conferences, where they help demonstrate the curriculum  and products to potential clients in their classrooms.

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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