How to be an Education Consultants
An Educational Consultant (EC) is a consultant who helps parents or student and organizations with educational planning. An educational consultant offers similar services to school counselors, but is normally employed by consulting firms, while school counselors are employed by schools.
Professional organizations for educational consultants are the Higher Education Consultants Association and the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Education Consultants is a professionally focused mainly on the practice of college admissions consulting, while members of the Independent Consultants Association also assist students with consulting specialties that also include college admission, day and boarding school. Members of both associations work with students from other countries who are interested in coming to the States to study.
Educational consultants offer advice to students and their parents on topics such as applying to college and how to navigate the application process. These consultants typically have a background in education or counseling in order to qualify them to give this advice. There are also some certificate programs in this field, although a bachelor's degree is a typically a minimum requirement.
Career Information for an Educational Consultant
They help students to prepare to make transitions in their education program such as going from high school to college. They provide advice to guide students through college selection and admissions processes, filling out financial aid applications and preparing for college admissions tests. Working with special populations, such as ethnic minorities, international students, athletes, re-entering students and the disabled is an important element of the job.
Requirements of an Educational Consultant
Some schools offer certificate programs in educational or college consulting. It is a relatively new field and programs are not commonplace. These certificate programs often require that students already hold a bachelor's degree and are available as both on-campus and online programs. Certificate programs in this discipline are generally around 200 hours long and can be completed within one year. Most schools require that the program be completed within five years.