The subjects being taught by enrichment teachers are as diverse as the people teaching them.  There is definitely something for everyone.  Education majors can find themselves working in tutoring centers, school reading & writing groups, science clubs, or teaching a class in your area of specialization.  Physical Fitness and Coaching majors might find themselves working at YMCAs, parks and recreation departments, community centers, or coaching after school sports programs.  Theatre majors, as well as other performing arts majors, can find opportunities to teach their specific art.  For example, the theatre major could teach an after school musical theater production program; the art major could teach drawing, painting, or sculpture; the dance major can teach dance classes; and the musician can give group or private lessons at school sites and non-school venues.  Basically, for every major and/or department there is a corresponding enrichment elective made available to children.

Enrichment teaching is more than an avenue to a career, though.  The experience gained as an after school enrichment teacher can be useful as an academic as well.  Thousands of degree programs across the country allow students to utilize their life and work experiences to create an Independent Study course that will meet a program’s requirements.

One example is the University of Southern California where students with a minor in dance must complete a one credit course in the teaching of dance.  As many of these students have previous experience teaching dance before even beginning to pursue their minor, personalized Independent Study courses have been created in certain instances.  To qualify, students must submit an application to the associate dean of the department for consideration.  If the application is approved, the student must create a syllabus for the class that is then presented to a faculty supervisor for approval.  This syllabus must specifically outline assignments and assessments as well as set up a timeline for completion.  In addition to a syllabus, a faculty sponsor must be garnered who will attest to the quality of the course being created.  It may also be necessary to meet with the faculty sponsor on a regular basis to discuss your progress.

Similarly, New York University offers several Independent Study options for their students.  Simply fill out the appropriate application for consideration and submit the proposal to the proper department(s).  It is essential to demonstrate how your experience as an enrichment teacher meets the requirements specified within the degree program.  The head of the academic department then determines whether to grant approval for the course.  Once approval is given, all requirements previously set up for the Independent Study course must be fulfilled in order to officially receive course credit. 

*It is important to note that an Independent Study course is not the only way in which to earn college credit as an enrichment teacher.  There are a number of universities and colleges that will grant college credit for life and work experience without requiring students to construct their own course.  However, students must be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of course content to the necessary academic department(s).  Most schools require students to complete a life experience application or make a formal request for evaluation of their life and work experiences.  This application or formal request is usually accompanied by a portfolio of work that demonstrates a level of proficiency in the course area.  Recognize that every school has its own requirements.  While one school might accept a portfolio, another might call for an interview with faculty members, a performance assessment, a formal essay, an audition, an examination or any combination of these. 

The following is a list of links to college and university programs that offer college credit for life and work experience and/or the opportunity for Independent Study. This is not an all inclusive list but a sampling of schools and departments. If your college is not listed, check with the head of your department or faculty advisor to see if enrichment teaching can be turned into college credit.


Option A:  Degree Requirement-Related Exceptions
Option B: Subject Credit by Special Examination


Option A: Credit by Examination

Option B: Academic Research Courses


University of Notre Dame

Harvard University



MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Stanford University

University of Pennsylvania

Columbia University

Duke University

University of Florida

Florida State University

University of Chicago

Dartmouth College

Northwestern University

Indiana University

Cornell University

Vanderbilt University

Carnegie Mellon University

Georgetown University

University of Michigan
Ohio State University

University of Massachusetts

Boston College

Washington University

Washington State University

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

University of Tennessee

LSU – Louisiana State University

Wake Forest University

Penn State University

University of Miami

University of Georgia

University of Pittsburgh

Clemson University

DePaul University

University of Oregon

Oregon State University

University of Texas

Texas Tech University

Texas A&M University

Purdue University

University of Arizona

Arizona State University

University of Connecticut

University of Nebraska

University of Colorado

Brandeis University

Pace University

University of Minnesota

The University of Memphis

Texas Christian University - Texas

University of Utah

UNLV – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Wisconsin

University of North Carolina

California State University – Los Angeles

Santa Monica College

University of Phoenix - Arizona

National-Louis University – Illinois

Thomas Edison College – New Jersey

Belmont Abbey College – North Carolina

Old Dominion University - Virginia

Community College of Vermont

Wilmington University - Delaware

University of Southern Maine

University of Maine

Columbia College of Missouri

New Mexico State University

North Dakota State University

Middle Tennessee State University

Idaho State University

University of New Hampshire

University of Rhode Island

Wellesley College – Massachusetts

Colgate University – New York

Vassar College – New York

Mount Holyoke College – Massachusetts

Trinity College – Connecticut

Opportunities in Enrichment

As we have said, the subjects being taught by enrichment teachers are as diverse as the people teaching them.   In addition, the work available in the after school enrichment industry affords you a variety of opportunities as well.   You can obtain work in a number of capacities on a full time or part time basis.  Teaching jobs and other opportunities are not confined to after school programs and their corresponding hours.  For example, enrichment teachers have gained additional work in the mornings, evenings and on weekends by tutoring privately, through a tutoring company or leading after school tutoring clubs on public and private school campuses.  There are also different venues at which enrichment teachers can obtain teaching jobs.  These venues include community centers, parks and recreation departments and YMCAs as well as private classes at studios.  Summer camp jobs are also an excellent way for enrichment teachers to add to their incomes.  Camp director, camp counselor and camp instructor are some of the many summer camp jobs that are available to enrichment teachers when school is not in session.  Summer camp jobs also vary based on the camp’s theme or specialty subject.  Enrichment teaching is a vocation which is easily molded to suit your needs and ambitions.  Enrichment teaching can be a part-time endeavor that you do to earn college credit and extra income.  If you so choose, the full complement of available teaching opportunities can enable you to make enrichment a full time teaching job. 

Whether a teaching career is your ultimate ambition or just a stepping stone to other pursuits,
working in the enrichment industry while in school will benefit you in a number of ways by:

Providing you a mechanism with which to earn college credit
Enhancing your professional experience on your resume
Gaining real world work experience while in school
Making contacts and cultivating relationships with working professionals
Gaining requisite in-class teaching hours towards a degree in education
Earning income while in school