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How to Become a Self-enrichment Teacher

There are no formal education requirements, but employers generally require self-enrichment teachers to have experience in the subject they teach. Some employers prefer workers who have teaching experience.


In general, there are few educational or training requirements for self-enrichment teachers beyond having expert knowledge of the chosen subject. However, self-enrichment teachers may be required to have formal training in disciplines where educational programs are available, such as music or foreign languages.

Work Experience

Self-enrichment teachers generally need to have some experience in the field in which they teach. For example, a pottery teacher should have some experience in designing and making pottery. They can get this experience through formal work experience, but they can also get it through volunteer work or personal hobbies. Formal education programs may prefer to hire workers who have some teaching experience.

Important Qualities

Instructional skills. Self-enrichment teachers need to be able to present new information and demonstrate skills to students who sometimes have little experience or knowledge of the topic.

Organizational skills. Self-enrichment teachers, particularly those who are self-employed, need to be well-organized. They usually keep their own financial records, track their own income, and file taxes.

Patience. Working with students of different skill levels can be difficult, so self-enrichment teachers need to be patient when students have trouble understanding or mastering a skill.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition