In the popular media, enrichment classes and enrichment programs are often lumped together and referred to as after school programs. Enrichment teaching is simply the act of leading or functioning as the instructor in these kinds of classes and programs. Enrichment and after school programs have only recently been in the headlines (thanks to celebrities and politicians espousing their value), but enrichment has been an integral part of many communities for over twenty years.
A Brief History of Enrichment Teaching
Not surprisingly, there has been an explosion in the number of enrichment program providers and organizations to meet the demand. While this rise in demand has been a boon to our industry, it falls upon its leaders to be vigilant as to not lose sight of our duty to serve the needs of the public in a safe and responsible manner.
What is an Enrichment Teacher?
Part-Time Work: You can create a work schedule specifically tailored to fit your needs. Whether you are currently a student, semi-retired, or already have full-time work, enrichment teaching can fit very conveniently into your existing schedule and be a welcome source of extra income.
CAN I BECOME AN ENRICHMENT TEACHER?
Are you proficient in the subject you wish to teach? You must have a thorough, comprehensive knowledge of the subject you wish to teach. Many employers in the enrichment industry will not provide a specific curriculum for you and the expectation is that you are able to design a curriculum that is safe, comprehensive and age appropriate before they hire you. Documentation and/or demonstration of proficiency in a subject or discipline will be reviewed by each individual employer on a case-by-case basis as a condition of employment. Examples of proficiency:
Almost any specialized elective course can be turned into an enrichment class. The following is just a partial list of enrichment classes which have been offered at schools, YMCAs, community centers and other child care facilities throughout the nation.
If there is a particular subject, class or field of study which you do not see represented here, there is no need to be discouraged. If there is a demand for it and it can be taught safely and effectively, almost any subject you can think of can be offered as an enrichment class. [back to top]