If you'd like to become a certified drivers education instructor, there are several steps you'll have to follow.
The process may seem a little unorthodox, but if teaching road safety and driving techniques to new drivers appeals to you, go for it!
First of all, you must be connected with a certified driving school prior to applying to become a certified driver education instructor.
Once you've established an inroad there, you should contact your state's driver education services department. They'll provide you with a qualifications packet so that you know exactly what your particular state requires.
Be sure that you satisfy the minimum requirements before you apply.
Drivers education instructors have to be 21 years of age or older, have graduated from high school or have a GED, and have a valid license to drive the kind of vehicle you will be certified to instruct.
Next, you must pass both a criminal background check as well as have a good driving record yourself.
Not only that, if you want to become a drivers education instructor, you will also need to obtain a college degree. Teaching at a high school will require a college degree and certification by the state in driver education.
Therefore, you will need to take any necessary driver ed certification classes. You might want to see if any community colleges offer associates' degrees in driver education. Additionally, you must exhibit good English skills.
Finally, you will need to prove that a certified driver education school has hired you as an instructor. As you are going through this process, you will also need to determine whether you would like to teach in a high school or in a driver education school.
If you'd like to run your own driver education institution, further education in business and driver safety might be necessary, or at least wise. :)
No matter what, you should know that driver's education is meant to enhance the information in government-printed driving handbooks and to get students ready for tests so that they can attain a driver’s license or learner’s permit.
In-car instruction is when a student is in a vehicle with a teacher. The student and teacher usually use a car with pedals or other controls for the passenger seat.
Some high schools in the U.S. offer drivers ed, although the number of high schools that are offering this are disappearing due to decreasing funds and rising gas prices. Therefore, many students are now utilizing driver's education programs that are accessible via the Internet.
In the United States the state's Department of Motor Vehicles or a similar agency decides whether to accept any of these programs as ones that fulfill their requirements.
Some car insurance agencies even offer a reduced premium to students who have taken a driver's education course and/or defensive driving courses.
Many state agencies require young drivers to finish a driver education course before the drivers can obtain their driver’s license or learner's permit.
In some states such as Tennessee, students who take driver's education have a chance to be given a waiver for finishing the class. In this case, they can get a learner's permit or driver's license without having to take some of the examinations.