Parent Educator or Consultant

Helping the lives of youth and children… it’s what we do.

Want to help parents and children in challenging circumstances? Consider a career as a parent educator or parent consultant.

The demand for parent educators is on the rise. Courts often require parents to take parenting classes in response to custody cases. Child care programs and adoption agencies proactively offer classes for new parents. Families who have undergone trauma or whose children have special needs frequently seek out consultation on how to best navigate challenging circumstances.

Find out how you can make a difference working as a parent educator or consultant.

What Does a Parent Educator Do?

Educate and train parents in the skills necessary to raise emotionally, physically, and psychologically healthy children. Work one-on-one with parents or teach classes about child development, approaches to behavioral management, and ways to facilitate difficult transitions or navigate challenging situations. Help parents understand what services and accommodations may be available in school settings and community. Inform parents of the availability of additional support services, including but not limited to tutors, counselors, health professionals, community services, and government agencies that provide parenting and child resources.

Parent educators interact with parents and a wide variety of service providers. They are usually employed by public schools, private schools, child care programs, social work agencies, or adoption agencies. Many work independently, operating consultancies.

Engage with parents through this purposeful career. You’ll go home each night confident you are making the world a better place.

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Steps to Become a Parent Educator

The following are steps you will want to take are you pursue a career as a parent educator:

  • Volunteer. Attend a parent education class, participate in training opportunities, and then volunteer as a peer parent educator. You will gain valuable experience and perspective.
  • Pursue the right education. It is expected that you have deep knowledge of early childhood development, family dynamics, foundational principles of interpersonal relationships, and social services. Most employers expect you to have an associate’s, baccalaureate, advanced degree, or certificate. A graduate degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences equips you with the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in this field.
  • Network. Get involved with local community services that support families. You’ll make important connections and discover resources that will be invaluable once you are working as a parent educator.
  • Explore your options. If you know you want to work with parents, read up on the field of parenting education to determine exactly what you want to do.

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Graduate Spotlight

Meet Shonette Lewis

Shonette graduated from North Carolina State University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Family Life and Youth Development. She works as a Family Educator and Training Specialist for nonprofit organization, Imprints Cares.

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Ready to Get Started?

You already know you want to help parents and children. Get the credentials you need to get hired.

Jumpstart your career as a parent educator with a master’s degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences from NC State.
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