Being an educational consultant requires a bachelor's degree in a related area and at least 7 years of experience in the field. Parents who work with qualified educational consultants can reduce the chances of wasting time and money due to improper placement. Education consulting can be a great option for those looking for new experiences, wanting to share their knowledge, or wanting to make some extra money. When selecting an educational consultant, it is important to ensure that they have demonstrated core competence in this area.
An experienced and competent educational consultant can increase the chances that the first choice of a school or program will be the right one, helping to avoid further failures for the child. The hourly rate for an educational consultant can vary greatly depending on their education, certifications, additional skills, and years of experience. Contrary to popular belief, independent educational consulting is not only for wealthy families. Mark Sklarow, from the Association of Independent Educational Consultants (IECA), estimates that the number of families hiring educational consultants will double in the next three years.
Educational consultants have extensive personal knowledge of a wide variety of schools and programs, so they are aware of important criteria and common mistakes to avoid when making placement recommendations. According to Mark Sklarow, executive director of the Association of Independent Educational Consultants, the average family that hires an educational consultant in the United States pays between $2,000 and $6,000 for filing period of up to 6 hours, plus travel and check in and out in a single day. Independent educational consultants avoid entanglement, financial or otherwise, with schools or programs that could influence their recommendations to parents and children. CEO & Senior Consultant HEADS UP EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING Former school principal of Interlochen Arts Academy, The Leelanau School and IMG Academies.