On-Set Teaching: Do You Have What It Takes?

Teachers know that look – the one that comes across a student’s face the moment a lesson clicks. Now, imagine having the opportunity to work closely with just a handful of students or even a single student. You would be able to customize your lesson plans to focus on how each individual learns best, which means more of those “aha!” moments. That’s one of the perks of being an “On-Set Teacher” (or “Studio Teacher,” as they are known in California).

What is an On-Set/Studio Teacher?

Whether a production company is working in film, television, or commercial or print photography, there is likely a tutor nearby if there are children on set. In many states, this is required by child labor laws. California has the most specific set of these laws, including a provision that requires Studio Teachers to hold a specialized certification.

Under California law, Studio Teachers are more than just educators. They are additionally responsible for the welfare of the young performers under the age of 16. In this role, instructors ensure that children have valid work permits. They also monitor working conditions (hours, breaks, meals, etc.) of minors on the set. They are on set from the moment the first child performer’s day begins until the last of their charges wraps for the day.

For information on obtaining a certification to work as a “Studio Teacher” in California, you can find requirements here.

What does school look like on set?

As a Studio Teacher, your classes will be small. For example, according to California requirements, there must be no greater than a one-to- ten teacher-student ratio on school days. “School” will be held for three hours each day; however, those hours might take place in 20-minute (or more) increments throughout the day.

Where do On-Set/Studio Teachers work?

Although the majority of entertainment industry projects take place in California and New York, there are also opportunities in other areas within the United States and around the world. At On Location Education, we also work with clients who seek private instructors to teach their children while the family is abroad on extended business trips or vacations.

Why should I consider on-set teaching?

As noted earlier, being an On-Set or Studio Teacher provides the flexibility to design a learning program that is best suited to your students. Working in this capacity gives you the opportunity to shed the day-to- day routine approach to teaching in an institutional environment and get creative! You may also have the chance to travel and expand your own learning opportunities as a result.

Think you’ve got what it takes? To learn more about what is required of On-Set/Studio Teachers and how you can become one, visit our website here: Teacher Information.