Graduate Degree Programs for Tutors
For a tutor, the question as to whether you need a graduate degree is often asked. The answer isn’t a definitive one. It all depends on a tutoring center’s or company’s policies. Like teaching, tutoring is becoming a large and competitive field. The private tutoring market has grown substantially in recent years, so college degrees, graduate school and even online programs can be of help.
Do Tutors Need a Degree?
You may or may not need a college degree, especially if you’re working with children. If you tutor privately online, you may get by without credentials, but tutoring centers and organizations often look for tutors who have experience or a specialized degree. A graduate degree from online schools may suffice if they’re nationally accredited.
Schooling and tutoring go hand in hand. You may tutor in subjects you excelled at in high school, to make extra income while in college, or tutor students in subjects you’re learning. Some tutors double as teaching assistants, who also help teachers with various tasks including helping individual students. You may be working toward a master’s degree at this point.
Becoming a Tutor
A tutor instructs a student in subjects they struggle with. They can help a student catch up in class, improve grades, or prepare for exams or college. To become a tutor, you need to:
- Earn your high school diploma
- Receive training and education
- Join an association (National Tutoring Association, Association for Tutoring Professionals, etc.)
- Earn your certification
- Meet your state’s licensing requirements.
This way, you can not only qualify to work for an organization, you can also better advertise your services. Certification and licensing also justify setting higher rates.
You can earn a certification that is tutoring-specific. The National Tutoring Association offers various programs to set you up, or you can become certified to work with students with learning disabilities. Individualized attention can make a big difference. There are more general qualifications, or you can seek continuing education in helping those with specific issues, such as dyslexia or autism.
While certification enables you to stand out as a tutor, your education doesn’t have to focus directly on tutoring. Upper Iowa University’s Master of Education program covers several key areas of emphasis. These include Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Instructional Strategist, Reading, Talented and Gifted, Teacher Leadership, and Higher Education.
Certificate programs include Literacy Coach, Teacher Leadership, Higher Education: Leadership, and Higher Education: Student Affairs. The graduate program and its online college courses can certainly prepare you for a career as a tutor. An online education can lead to a full-time teaching job, but the same skills can be applied to your tutoring efforts.
Feel free to review our online programs for graduate students whether you intend to focus primarily on teaching or tutoring. It can certainly enhance your credentials and potential for success. See our graduate degree options or call UIU at 800-553-4150.