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Edupreneur Resources, Uncategorized   |   Aug 29, 2011

How to become an educational consultant

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer


I get emails on a regular basis from educators who want to start 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.

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 teachers enjoy their 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 wrote The Cornerstone. I really enjoyed writing it and am now releasing my 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 website or 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.

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 are part 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 firm can 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 is nota 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 of Due 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 implement my ideas, and I’m excited to do it!

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.

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 a brand new resource that might be helpful for you in getting started.

It’s a 1 hour and 40 minute webinar called How to Transition Into Educational Consulting. The video comes with a 31 page transcript, 8 page note-taking guide, and an 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 should leverage as you establish yourself as an expert online
  • How to build your social media presence (even if you’re working from scratch)
  • Ways to create 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 your owneducational 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 brain for awhile.

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. It help you 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

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  1. Angela~
    Thanks so much for this post! It’s almost as if you read my mind! While I adore my classroom position and remain passionate about implementing arts integration throughout my teaching, the idea of educational consultancy has entered my mind. I know you can only speak about what has worked for you, but it is reassuring to know that your path has been successful. The teachers, administrators, and students that you work with are very lucky to have you! Best wishes for a great year–

    1. Hi, Katie! Thank you for the kind words. You can definitely do consulting as a side pursuit–I know many, many teachers who keep their classroom positions and consult on their own time. It’s a great way to pursue two different types of work that you love, it keeps you current on what’s REALLY happening in the classroom, and it relieves the pressure of wondering how you’ll be able to maintain a steady income as a consultant. 🙂

  2. Angela,
    I could not have found you at a better time in my life. I just retired after 29 years in public education. I am 51 years old and have so much more to give to literacy. My true passion is with creating wonderful lessons to go with great literature and how to make children become life long readers at all ages. I have taught grades anywhere from 1st – 6th, been a dyslexia teacher and a campus literacy coach. But now, I am ready to do staff development for teachers everywhere and share all of the ideas in my head that are ready to jump out onto a page. After reading how to get start here on your page, I feel so much better. I have ordered my business cards and stationary to use when I am ready to start booking myself at some conferences. I think my problem with getting started was I didn’t look at my true passion and everything was looking to broad for me. Now, I can size everything down and start out smaller like you did, I would love to keep in contact with you, because I think what you have done is exactly the direction I am headed too. Just like you said, “In education there is never enough sharing and experts, because it is such a broad field of study.” Thank you so much for helping me find a focus on how to get started on my reading consulting business. This has been my dream for years and now I can head in the right direction thanks to you!!!

    1. Hi, Cherlynn! What an inspiring comment you left! Thank you for sharing that. I’m so happy to hear that you know what true passion is–and I think it’s something that offers great value to the education community. Getting business cards is a good first step. Please do keep in contact. 🙂

  3. Thanks Angela

    My life has been in the education field from Astronut simulation training to secondary teaching. My masters is in secondary education with a passion in “Distant Learning.” I am looking forward to Education Consulting. Please contact me on how to put my background into the consulting area.

    1. Hi, Gerald! What an amazing background you have! I’m not sure what other advice I can offer you, but if you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask! You can do so right here in the comments, as I’m sure other people have similar questions. You can also email me at angelawatson [at] live [dot] com. 🙂

  4. Thank you for your article. I have been a consultant in a public school district in New York for 15 years for a contracted number of hours each year. The district supt. now has told me they can no longer hire me because their new law firm says it is illegal. What do you think? Any ideas where to get info on this? Wondering if this was an excuse? Thanks for any insights.

    1. Hmm, that sounds very strange to me! Every school district I know hires consultants in some capacity. I would ask for more information–i.e., is there anything you can do in terms of credentials, etc. to meet the qualifications the district now needs for consultants. Have you spoken to other consultants in your district to see if this rule is affecting them? I hope that you can find some resolution here.

      1. It is not that the systems wouldn’t hire you if they could, the state has passed a law that retirees of the State Teacher Retirement System can only work as substitute teachers or adjunct professors at a university. In doing this work, you can only make 25% of you retirement benefits. If you work in any capacity other than as prescribed, you forfeit you retirement during your work time engagement and if you exceed the 25% allotment. The 25% substitute or adjunct is a new addition. Before that (as of 2010) you could not work at all. This became a Louisiana Law June 1, 2010.

        1. Does this law concerning the State Teacher Retirement System work hold true in Texas? I am a counselor in Texas and had given some thought to becoming a consultant after retirement. I have not heard of this law that you can only work as a substitute teacher or adjunct professor.

  5. I am trying to get started as an educational consultant. I have gotten a business license, a tax id. and business cards. I have a master level degree in education and supervision and a masters degree in social work, children and families. I have been retired from education for 5 years (still love the thrill of the educational arena) and spend the last few years working with children and families in a medical setting. How do I kick start my educational background to help make my credentials more current? I have looked for classes, and staff development programs that I could take that would help to update certifications and expertise. I also live in a state that does not allow retirees to return to the educational setting without penalty! Help

    1. Personally, I think that networking and informal professional development will yield greater results than taking formal courses. Do you need to take courses to update your certification? How flexible is your state in terms of what types of PD they would accept? I would recommend going to conferences in your state to make connections and learn what’s new in your field.

  6. Hello Angela, I am an elementary school teacher with 21 years experience. I am working on a book which I hope will jump start my career as a consultant. My book is about making elementary math simple. Do you think this is narrow enough to pursue? I thank you for all the the ideas you have shared with us.

    1. Hi, Donald! I’m actually working on a web page for the site now about how to publish your own book and how that can be used to drive your consultancy. I would definitely encourage you to finish writing your book and see what kind of options open up for you. I have had countless people tell me they are writing a book and want advice about what to do next, but I don’t offer advice for the next step until the book is done. Only one person who contacted me about publishing actually wrote back later to say they finished writing their book! Writing is the hardest and most important step, and I think that’s why so many people get stuck there.

      Your topic (making elementary math simple) is a great one. It sounds like you’ve got a lot to contribute to other educators! I’m glad you’re pursuing it. Please stay in touch and let me know if you have any more questions. I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.

  7. Angela,
    Thanks for the info! I just moved to NYC after working in CA as an Elementary Principal. After contemplating taking a Principal job in NYC , I have decided to go into consulting and focus on behavior management in schools. I would be interested in talking with you more to pick your brain.

  8. Hi Angela,

    I am currently a district level science curriculum coordinator and just began coursework on a PhD in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. Bottom line, I have too much on my plate. I am enjoying my PhD coursework so much and can’t give it up to work, yet I still need at least a little income (more than I can get teaching one or two undergrad courses at the university). There are several small districts around me that I know do not have a district level science coordinator or specialist to provide science specific assistance with respect to instructional strategies, etc. I have been thinking about trying to consult for a couple of these districts and go to school full time. Is the best way to get to these districts just to cold call (or visit)? I also want to price my services VERY competitively. Any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions in what my next step should be? Thanks for the information that you have already provided. Hoping you may have a little more for me.

    1. Hi, Michael! Sounds like a good plan–you’ve identified a specific need in your neighboring districts and have a solution to offer. If you have any connections in those districts, you might want to go through them–get a teacher to ask his/her principal if you can call and set up an appointment. You may ask to schedule a 15 minute meeting with the principal to talk about an offer of free professional development for the staff (that might get the principal’s attention.) In the meeting, you can explain what you offer as well as your intentions (to eventually become a consultant for them.) Offer to do an hour long training after school one day so they can get a feel for your fit with the staff and how you can best be used.

  9. Hello Angela, I am an elementary school teacher with 15 years experience. I have an Early Childhood degree with a concentration in Psychology. I am also ESL endorsed. I have taught Kindergarten ESL to general English Language Learners as well as to Refugees/Newcomers. Teaching ESL has definitely been my passion. Lately, I am just plain exhausted. I can’t sleep at night, I get debilitating headaches. More and more is expected. I am being expected to not only plan for my lessons and teach but also to take on more and more administrative and clerical work as well as morning/afternoon yard duty, morning/afternoon bus duty, as well as serve breakfast in our classroom. I still enjoy the essence of teaching but all the other “stuff” is crowding out the joy. I would greatly appreciate any advice about where to get started in the consulting work. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi, Eva! What a wonderfully diverse teaching/educational background you have–and how great that you’ve identified the area you’re most passionate about! I can totally relate to loving teaching, but needing to move out of the classroom for the sake of your own sanity. Maybe an ancillary teaching position would work for you–ESL small group teacher or something of the sort? Maybe coaching? I’m not sure what opportunities are available in your district/community, but your skill set is definitely in demand in many areas.

  10. Hi Angela,
    Thanks so much for the information! I, too, stumbled into educational consulting and have done so successfully since 2004 in addition to writing faith-based novels. I really hadn’t given much thought to the idea of partnering with national firms – thanks so much for the insight! Blessings upon you and your business!

  11. Just going through all of your website (printed and placed in a binder to travel with me over break!), and wanted to say thank you for the specifics on how to start participating in online forums to connect with others and share ideas. This will help me formulate what topics are popular and most informative. I agree with your statement about 21st century learning. This is the current society, so you must embrace it to find success. Maybe a Do’s AndDont’s page could be your next blog topic! I love your attitude about doing what you love regardless of the paycheck. It’s most rewarding. Thanks so much for this info! HAPPY HOLIDAYS 🙂

  12. I am the parent of a child with the whole cocktail: Bipolar, ADHD, Asperger, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. I really want to be a consultant, as I have heard from many teachers that they do not have any training in any special needs. I have the education, MS in Ed, EdD dissertation started, but I have no experience in this area. I actually write the bulk of my daughter’s IEP. How would a novice begin?

  13. Thank you fo the info. I am currently trying to become a school consultant that specializes in school climates.I am having a hard time making the connection and also getting training in this field. I have a great program i wrote but beng un employed it hard to fnd someone who is willing to help.

  14. Hi Angela,

    It was great reading your ideas on education consulting. I have been in the field of education for several years now and have worked in many capacities. I really would like to become my own boss but more importantly, help teachers to become successful. I am completing my doctoral dissertation by the end of this summer and seriously would like to consult and teach a few college courses. I would love the opportunity to speak with you on how to get started once I complete my dissertation.

  15. Angela,
    I was pleased to find your site. I think you are absolutely right – do what you love to do. I have been thinking about consulting. I would love to help other teachers effectively integrate technology into their classrooms. I recently finished a masters in Education Media Design Technology. I also spent the last seven years learning everything I could about how to use technology in my alternative high school classroom. I know there are a lot of smaller schools in my area where teachers might not have the opportunity to get this kind of professional development. I am hoping to reach out to teachers in those schools. I would love to be able to share all the cool stuff I’ve been learning. I also have made my share of mistakes, and will be able to tell them what to avoid! I look forward to following your blog.

  16. Hi! Thank you for this awesome article. How would I apply to work as a consultant for a private consultancy company? You mentioned 4 major companies. Can you disclose those? Lastly, I was looking at an opportunity through Monster.com but the company is stating that the training is $675 to attend. Is this normal to pay for training or could this be a scam?

    Thanks so much for your help!

  17. Hi Angela,
    I have been in the self contained setting for 30 years. I earned a masters degree in special ed. online in hopes of doing something “different”. The students are wonderful, however, the paperwork, legality, politics, lack of respect and overall dissatisfaction with my current position has me searching for something else. I want to go out on top rather than crawling out the door because of total burnout. It is so frustrating because I feel as if I have so much to share with other special educators due to my experience. I truly feel as if I am too qualified to be in the classroom anymore and that my expertise could be shared to improve the quality of instruction taking place in special needs classrooms. I am not sure how to approach a career change which will move me in this direction. Thank you for your time. Christine Fuller

  18. Good morning Angela,
    It was a pleasure reading your article which I find inspiring. I would like to seek opportunities as an educational consultant. I have an extensive history in the field of education that include teaching at the elementary, middle, higher education and administration. I am a recent retiree from the Chicago Public School system and native Chicagoan. I recently received a Paralegal/Legal Assistant Certificate. I would like to connect with with you to discover how I should get started. I lean toward an independent contractor arena as most of my career is education based. I invite you (if you have time) to take a look at my LinkedIn page to get a general idea of my background. Please let me know how we can connect.

  19. Hi Angela,
    I have just read your article about becoming an educational consultant and am very interested in further information.

    My particular interest in consultancy stems mainly from the fact that I have been made redundant from my full time teaching post last year and would like to return to teaching from a different perspective i.e consultancy.

    Regretably I have had some negative experiences of using employment agencies in recent months to find teaching assignments and feel reluctant to continue this route. I feel that I could much better represent myself as a consultant to prospective clients and thus generate my own teaching assigmnents on a freelance basis.

    If you can forward me any useful information I would be grateful.


    1. Hi, Mark! The article above shares some general information about getting started in consultancy. There are not a lot of resources on this online, unfortunately. When I find additional resources, I’ll add them to the site. All the best to you!

  20. Hi Angela,

    This was a great read! i recently thought about becomin an educational consultant before even knowing the position so solidly existed (it’s not really that spoken about, or at least not in the schools and educational systems i have been in). I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing the names of the 4 major consulting firms in NYC that you mentioned. I have been doing research online but I truly only came across 1 that seems to be established in NYC, and then the Dept. of Ed. as another. Thank you in advance, and again, thank you for your article! It’s been an even bigger push for my aspirations.

    1. Hi, Michelle! I am familiar with AUSSIE/Editure PD, Teaching Matters, Catapult, and Children’s Literacy Initiative, though I’m sure there are others. I’m not sure which ones are hiring now but in the past, they have all advertised on Craigslist and/or in the New York Times, so those are good places to start. All the best to you!

  21. Hello Angela!! You know after reading your story, I was thinking in my head “that is me.” This is my 14th year of teaching 1st and 2nd grade and I LOVE the classroom and seeing their little minds at work, I am tired of the politics that is getting in the way of letting us teach. I am currently working on my principal’s licensure and will finish up this coming summer. I already have a masters in curriculum and instruction but thought I would add this endorsement on. However, I don’t know if that is the career path I want to take either. My passion is data in the classroom. I work on our district leadership team and am on the goal that works with data. I feel that there is so much more out there to do and share with others on this topic. I would be interested in hearing your take on whether or not data is an area that is need for consulting and where to take my interests in this. Thanks for your site and all the information you shared. Like you, I have pondered for probably the last 5yrs. knowing that I have interests in sharing what I know outside of the classroom but just not sure how to make that happen.
    Thanks!! Amy

  22. Hi Angela, I am very much interested in Consulting and came across your website by accident, however I believe it was meant for me to see. I believe I am only in the beginning stages, but I’m very passionate about wanting to get started with my business. Your website has turly inspired me to build my website utlizing different resources that are applicable to teachers. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

  23. I am ready for a new adventure but I still love teaching. I enjoyed reading your information about consulting. It sounds like a blending of both. I am very interested to learn more. Thanks so much.

  24. Dear Angela,

    Hi! I came across your site and hoped I could ask you a couple of questions. I’ve been a teacher for 11 years and would like to get involved in the consulting piece of education. I’m also a certified life coach, and hope I can use this in consulting.
    What would be my next best step? I’d love the chance to work with teachers on classroom management and character Ed. I can also see myself working with parents in schools, or even the students.
    Any advice/help you can offer would be appreciated.
    Thanks. Meg

    1. Hi, Meg! I’d recommend you follow the steps explained in the article: establishing yourself as an expert, building an internet presence, etc. If you have specific questions you’d like to ask about your personal situation, please email me and request an individual consultation (rates are listed in the article.) Thanks!

  25. Angela,

    Reading this was truly inspiring! I have 5 years of classroom experience as an elementary teacher, plus I hold my Master’s in education curriculum and instruction. I stepped down from the classroom setting after suffering from burnout and the demands that have been placed on teachers in regards to standardized testing. However, I still hold a passion for education and I have been wanting to get back into the education field. A friend of mine suggested I look at becoming an education consultant, so i decided to do some research, and I came across this article! I realize it takes a lot to start on your own and be an independent education consultant, but I would at least like to look at working for a consulting firm, to get my foot in the door. I live in Orlando, Florida, where the education system needs a lot of help! How could I get into this market here in Florida? Are there any education consulting firms in the city, or even elsewhere that hire consultants for remote locations? Like I said I am new to this, but have a true passion to find myself back in education and provide my passion for curriculum!

    1. Hi, Jason! I would recommend looking for consulting firms in your area using the methods mentioned in the article. I’m not personally familiar with any, but I know Florida school systems do occasionally bring in outside consultants. All the best to you!

    2. I have worked in Corporate for over 30 years some of my experience was a Professional Trainer, however, coming from a family of educators. I wanted the best of both worlds, to improve than success of our education system, However did necessarily want to directly work as a teacher, the politics and restrictions that have put in place seem to sometimes hinder the education systems in our country, Teaching in the classroom do not appeal to me per say.

      I love to teach and watch people learn, and love to train just not in the current education system Checked options for private schools to see if the had any options, Found Timetoteach.com
      The compensation is good and it allows freedom to get educators trained and students to learn.

  26. Hi Angela!
    I, too have been a classroom teacher for 12 years. I absolutely love teaching, but unfortunately the job had been more about testing in the multiple choice format, and the scores are all school districts seem to care about. There is an enormous amount of time and money dumped into testing, yet the results are not always a reflection of what the student actually knows and has learned about the subject. I have taught all social studies subjects from grade 6-12, and in California, New York (Francis Lewis HS in Fresh Meadows) & an affluent area of Long Island, and low-performing schools in Houston, Texas, as well as Pasadena Texas which the school has students from a middle-class neighborhood. In all of these schools I have learned how to teach students conquer the tests, and manage classrooms effectively through various systems-some borrowed from the book Teach Like a Champion, some systems I have created. I have so many ideas on methods, management, curriculum, and changing the structure of the school building itself, as well as how teachers and students move throughout their day–all to benefit the students. I feel that students have begun to loose the ability to think for themselves, and also care for education, and their peers. I have so many ideas and solutions, but I do not know where to start. I’m writing a book, seeking classroom employment, but I really want to start a consulting business, join a study, and work on reforming many aspects of public education. I really appreciate your bio, because that is where I am right now. No one listens in districts, they are all so political- from coast to coast. I just wanted to let you know some of my ideas, and express appreciation for your work. I want to do what you do. I’m happy it is possible to make to switch-from classroom teacher to working as a consultant in a firm.

  27. I contributed to this particular conversation a few years ago. In the meanwhile, I’ have written a book entitled “Leaving the Classroom” for educators who are considering moving toward other professional options. It’s available online and in print format. Best to you!

  28. Thank you for your post! I am in talks with a school to begin consulting part time for them! I am very eager to gain the experience and share my passion with the new teachers there. I will look ahead to your “eduprenuer” page too.

  29. Hi Angela,
    I am an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience. I wrote and self-published a fun and innovative handwriting curriculum, “Writing-Right with Professor Pendleton Pencil”. It is the most exciting thing for me to get feedback from teachers about how the children love learning with the program and are making improvements in their handwriting skills! Pendleton and I visit the schools to provide handwriting workshops and I offer Professional Development Workshops for teachers. I would love to do this full-time. I offer these workshops (without a fee) if my handwriting program is purchased by a pre-school or school district. I was wondering if you could tell me what a reasonable fee would be for a Consultant to provide Professional Development Seminars? I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much! Lori

  30. Hi Angela,

    I too have 11 years in education and currently work as a vice principal of an academy school. I would really like advice on becoming a consultant, but don’t know where to start and if there are any jobs out there. Any advice you could offer would be really appreciated.
    I am based in the UK

  31. There it is….just what I was waiting to hear. I can do this….thank you for your insight and your passion to share and continue to teach….way beyond the classroom!!!

    My Due Season is Here!!

  32. Dear Angela,
    Thank you so much for your generosity in your responses to our questions. Through this postings, I got to learn that I am not alone striving to make it into educational consultancy. I am a teacher trainer . I have taught in the primary school, secondary school, lectured in the university and also now teaching in teacher training college. I have been wondering whether this direction of educational consultancy was feasible or I should establish myself a private school that would bring the type and quality of education I want to see. What is your advice? Secondly, what are the minimum requirements for a consultancy firm?

    1. Hi, Ejoyi! Sounds like you’re already on a great path as a teacher trainer! There aren’t any official guidelines or requirements for ed consultancy, at least not in the U.S. The key is finding schools and organizations that have a need which matches what you personally have to offer. 🙂

  33. Hi Angela!
    Thanks so much for your expertise and info. I connected with your story on various levels.
    I have been in education for over 15 years and recently “resired” (resigned and retired) from being an elementary principal. I love helping teachers and officially launched Apple A Day in 2012.
    Apple A Day melds my passion for organizing and efficiency with my educational expertise. I consider myself an Organized Efficiency Specialist. I love helping teachers create classroom environments that are student-centered, organized, and efficient in order to maximize instructional time.
    I wrote a book (actually about 20!) and have been selling them on my Teachers Pay Teachers site:
    I am very interested in learning more about becoming an educational consultant, along with your publishing company. If you would like to have excerpts of my classroom management book: “Classroom Organization… The Apple A Day Way!”, please email me and I will send you a few chapters.
    Thanks so much for your time and consideration,

  34. This information was extremely informative. I’ve been in education for over 15 years as a classroom teacher, Instructional Mentor, and now serving in the capacity of an Instructional Coach. I realized that I wanted to get more into consulting as I presented at two national conferences and just found out my proposal has been accepted to present at a third national conference. I don’t have a website yet, but I have so many passionate areas in education its really hard to narrow my focus. I’ve worked on all levels of education. I’ve mentored teachers on all levels. Oh and I forgot to mention I work part-time for a university. However, education consulting is definitely a new passion of mine. I still have teachers that I’ve worked with several years ago still call me for support and someone they can talk to for sound advice and guidance. Any suggestions on focusing my area of expertise and website. I really feel like I need a consultant to help me be a consultant! LOL!

  35. Hi Angela,
    Thank you for writing this informative article. I have been 1/2 in and out of the classroom for the last year and its fantastic. I have been working with an educational consulting firm, and they have been managing the procurement of funds and setting up of workshops. However, I have recently been reached out to directly to perform some workshops. The principal would like to use title funds, but I am not sure what I need to do in order to accept this type of payment. Do you have any tips about accepting title as payment?

    1. Hi, Stephanie! It really depends on your district regulations. Often title funds can’t be used for non-approved vendors, so you’d have to be on the approved vendor list. How easy or complex that process is also depends on the district. I would recommend contacting your school district headquarters and see what they say. All the best to you!

  36. I want to become educationists consultant. Already am I lecturer by profession. I lectures at univeristry.

    So I want to be a full time consultaning so it will balance very well

    Hoping to hear from u.


  37. Hi Angela, thank you so much for all of your advice. I plan to retire in a few years and start a consulting business. However, after reading several comments, I’m wondering about being limited since I will be receiving a retirement from my state. I just figured if I’m retired, I should be able to start a business or work for an educational firm as I wish. Do you have any information on retirement and working as a consultant after retirement? Also, I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing 4 consulting firms in Los Angeles or Orange County, California. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

    1. I don’t know any specific companies in your area, but check your local job listings. You can also check national companies to see if they operate in Southern California. Many (if not most) ed consultants are retired teachers, so you’re in good company.

  38. Angela,
    It was a pleasure reading your article on becoming an educational-consultant. I do not know how I received the email, but I am pleased. I have been interested in being a consultant for a number of years since retiring from the Chicago Public School System in 2010. I retired as a principal. I have an extensive history in education over several years. I continue to mentor principals, assistant principals and teachers. Your suggestion appears to reinvigorate thoughts of researching becoming a consultant. I have the extensive educational background that could work well as a consultant. I do not know if you have the time, but if you will look over my LinkedIn website and let me know your thoughts. Thanks a million

  39. Hi Angela,

    I love your work! I’ve been in the works of starting my own educational consultant business for a while now. I first saw this post months ago (as well as all of your other millions of your helpful teaching posts. I was returning because I was interested in doing your online courses. Through my research, I stumble upon another post that is almost an exact replica of your post here on another website, and no credit is given to you.

    I’m not sure if you were aware, but here’s the website: http://www.dorefrances.com/our-services/educational-consultant-business-start-up-training/

    1. I’m so glad you shared this with me, Chloe, so I can reach out to the author of that site. Thanks so much. Let me know if I can help you in your journey. 🙂

  40. Thanks so much for writing this. I’m a public educator of 26 years. I’m interested in finding a job with an independent consulting firm or some agencies that go into schools to conduct interviews with students and faculty about school improvement plans and things of that sort. However, I can never find a listing for these types of positions… could you help find a list of consulting firms or agencies?

    Thans so much,
    Laurie Barnes

  41. My interest in educational consultancy leads me to this site. I am motivated by the steps you suggested. Thanks.

  42. I am a high school counselor and am interested in helping students transition from high school into college. I have given some serious thought to educational consulting after 44 years in the educational system. I didn’t see any comments on the type of consulting I want to do. What are your thoughts?

  43. Your ideas and advice are something worth trying. I was once a teacher in a Secondary School before but I didn’t go to teaching School. I taught in Secondary School for over 6years and I read a course totally different in University from being an educator. I’m a geo scientist. I just discovered teaching is an inborn gift for me. Most of the time I thought it was just because I have not got myself the job I wanted that is why I’m beginning to like it, but even when i got the job in my field i just couldn’t stop reading and motivating young students around me. Most of my free time I have took my time to read books and develop myself in that area and normally found myself thinking in a line of starting an educational firm that will guide students in Secondary School/High School on how to choose their careers. I have written a book on that already but not yet printed… Which will serve as a guide for all students before choosing career in higher institution. My questions are: do I need to be certified before I can be a career coach? and if yes, what step and tips do I need for the success of it? Please, i really need more light on this.Thanks!

    1. The certification process varies according to where you live and what kind of agency you want to work with. I’m sorry, I can’t answer that–someone local in your area would be able to help. All the best to you in helping young people choose their careers. That’s a wonderful niche!

  44. Hi Angela, I have been corporate America for 35 years and am in the IT field. I also hold a Masters degree in Information Systems. I am nearly ready to retire from the corporate sector and want to do something in the educational realm to assist kids with attaining their goals, while motivating and mentoring them to be the best they can be. I had thought about the teaching aspect, but I feel I can do more to make a difference short of teaching. Any thoughts or suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  45. Thank you so much for this article. I’ve been toying with the idea of Educational Consulting for a while. I was a class teacher for 8years and rose to become a head teacher for 3years in the same school. Currently, I’m a trainer in a reputable government organization in Nigeria. I will really love to provide professional
    development for teachers in my
    community and help them enjoy
    their work like I did mine.
    Tips from you will be appreciated a great deal.

    Keeping in touch with you will be a great motivation and encouragement

  46. Dear Angela,

    Have you ever given up hope?

    We all face difficult times. I am sure that you or someone you know is struggling with an issue such as; loneliness, illness, a troubled relationship, or financial distress.

    Well, I am in the season of life when the D’s (disappointment, discouragement, depression, devastation, disillusionment, disarmament, and even the fear of death) are a reality. How do I manage these life passages? How can I make it through such true and/or seemingly obstacles?

    The Bible tells us that, even during the darkest days, we can be certain of the hope we have through a relationship with Christ. In Him, we find healing, forgiveness, guidance, and a certain future. This hope is not just wishful thinking. Our hope is based on the solid truth of God’s Word.

    My name is Hubert Watson. I am the principal of Shaw High School Medicine, Science and Technology located in East Cleveland, Ohio. On April 17, 2014, I was assaulted by a student after breaking up an altercation involving this student. I sustained injuries to my left shoulder-torn bicep tendon and possible nerve damage, a sprained neck and head injury/concussion – constant daily headaches.

    Since the attack, I have been under doctor’s care and not been able to work. I received physical treatment and purchase prescribed medication for the injuries. I just want my shoulder to work correctly without pain along with no constant aching in my neck and head. I would like to have full night sleep without waking from the dreaming of the incident. I would like to return to work once I have healed. Moreover, the Bible tells us that our hope is meant to be shared.

    Currently, I have not fully recovered from this assault situation and I am behind on my apartment lease, several utility bills along with college tuition. Therefore, I am calling on friends of the village for assistance in this situation.

    Thanking you in advance for any prayers for the healing of my body along with monetary gifts which you can spare through GoFundMe.


    Hubert Watson

    1. I’m so sorry to hear you are having such a tough time. I have written a book called Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching which tells about how I overcame those feelings (and how you can, too.) There is also a devotional study guide for Christian teachers that digs into the biblical truths which would probably be helpful for you. Hang in there! https://truthforteachers.com/books

  47. I have a wealth of knowledge about the school system from the many roles I have played such as special ed teacher, substitute teacher, crisis counselor and parent. I am not currently certified and I only have a bachelor’s degree. I primarily work at the middle school level. Can I still pursue a career as a parent advocate/educational consultant? I was thinking of starting a blog to get my name out there.

    1. I don’t think you need a certification to be a parent advocate–definitely start sharing resources freely online and in your community, and see what develops from there!

  48. I couldn’t believe it when I found this post! I’ve been out of the classroom for 5 years now (bought a franchise that still allows me to teach, just not in the typical classroom environment), but have recently moved (leaving the business in capable hands where it is) and have been thinking about my true passion…a consultant for teachers focusing on mathematics in elementary schools using best practices. My heart soared reading this article. I’ve been trying to connect with other consultants through professional networks, but haven’t begun locally yet. You’ve made my spark turn into an inferno! I look forward to reading your books!

  49. Dear Angela:

    Thank you for your experienced advice. I have been a part-time and full-time teacher
    at different times. I am currently writing a children’s book-my first book. Sometimes
    we outgrow a field and don’t feel like going back to the same situations where we
    are not learning something new. Your advice is well-intended and experienced and
    I appreciate that very much.


  50. Hi Angela,

    I really was encouraged by your website today. I know that I have the skills and experience to be a very successful consultant in the field of music education. I absolutely love visiting my colleague’s classrooms so that I can help them, encourage them and support them as teachers. I really think that your words about pursuing your passion first are so true and totally concur. One can’t think first about making big bucks in the field of education. The first priority has to be pursuing one’s passion and trusting that things will work out financially as a result of sharing that passion with others with like minds. I would be very interested to hear if you have had the opportunity to work with and advise music education consultants. I look forward to further communication in the future.

    Hope you are having a good day!

    William Hinkie

  51. Dear Angela
    What I have read today really inspired me to get started on a new venture on the eve of retirement.I would like to get connected and be part of your network.

    Thanks for sound and wise advice.

  52. I am a newly retired administrator with a doctorate degree and wish to become an independent education consultant. I have already been asked to work with a consortium of school districts starting in August, 2017 but have questions about the financial aspect of consulting: reporting taxes, claims/deductions, hourly rates, etc. I spoke to a financial advisor who directed me to an accountant; however, I am interested in someone who specializes in education. Any thoughts or ideas for me? Thank you so much!

  53. Angela,
    I have just retired after 38 years of teaching middle school and high school mathematics. I have loved teaching math, but felt it was time for a change. I have learned many things over the years ranging from connecting math with humorous stories (I also love to incorporate history with math) to helping kids understand and appreciate how the various “maths” all work together. I have learned the importance of long term planning. I think I have been especially helpful with those who struggle with math especially in terms of developing their “math vocabulary.”.
    I would like to work with other teachers. How could I go about this?

  54. My dream is to transform education in my country. I’ve been a science teacher for 21 years and I feel that is time to share my knowledge with other teachers. I’m ready to take a new step in my career and start an education consulting company.

  55. Angela, I believe that I was led to your site this morning and I am loving it! As the mother of two adopted children with significant mental health, medical and learning challenges, I have been on the other side of the educational system as well as having a Master’s in Early Childhood and Special Education. Most of my career has been as an executive director of programs serving at risk children and their families or within the disability area. When we adopted our youngest son 15 years ago, I needed more flexibility so I became an independent contractor and provided foster and adoptive parent training for the state, then post adoption services and finally for the past 6 years, served as a statewide trainer on trauma informed care and attachment disorders and as a pro bono educational consultant. The state recently ended our contract and I am now looking for other income sources. Your information and story spoke to me. Thank you so much for what you do! I would love to see your video. I need to ramp up my consultant work quickly.

  56. Great stuff Angela,
    Very inspiring ideas on how to ramp up my consulting gig. I would really love to get the video you spoke about as I believe it would go a long way in helping me finetune my practice.

    Do contact me via my email with the link or process on how I can get it and other free resources from your stable.
    Thank you.

  57. I’m just getting started on the education consulting journey but I know this is the path I want my career to follow. I’m looking for any and all information to help me grow!

  58. I’ve really enjoyed exploring your website and reading all of the comments and inspirational messages. I would love to receive the videos! Thank you

  59. It’s dawned on me that I’ve glanced at different material from your business over the past few months, but I’m just now realizing that you are the same person! It’s official. I’m signing up. All of your resources are amazing! Your name appears just about every time I search for uncommon professional development material. I truly appreciate your presentation, thoughtfulness and example!

    Thank you!

  60. Its a good profession but what it all needs is interest, knowledge and links to other countries.I am a consultant and I know what my profession is all about and one thing as well that its not easy in the beginning,I struggled a lot but I work hard and one day I finally Succeed.

  61. Hi Angela!
    I absolutely love the phrase “edupreneur!” Can I use it? I am a turnaround principal who is transitioning into consulting and I really appreciated reading this blog post. Thank you!
    With optimism,
    Carin L. Reeve

  62. I’m partially educational consultant, I wish to improved my myself, I left private schools after 15 years of service and I do go to school to educate them on how to write lesson note and how students can choose their career in life, I only need more of your advices for me to stand well

  63. Hi Angela,
    I’m just reading this post in 2019! I’m from Ghana, and I moved to a new part of the country about a year ago. I also got pregnant and had to resign from my work. I’m looking at returning to work after birth but on a part-time basis, and I’ve just started to think about how I could use my previous skills in university teaching, coaching and managing education-based projects in my new city where educational standards are rather low. I must say what you’ve shared is beyond helpful to me!
    Thanks and best wishes!

  64. Thank you Angela,
    This article is precisely what I was looking for. I appreciate the winning combination of information, insight, and light tone.
    Wish me luck, because this is exactly what I will start doing now.

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