## Difference Between Teacher and Instructor

Teacher and Instructor are both important roles in the field of education. A teacher is a person who imparts knowledge to students. An instructor is a person who teaches a specific practical skill. **A teacher’s job also includes the role of instructing, but an instructor’s job does not include all the roles of teaching.** This is the **main difference** between teacher and instructor.

## Who is a Teacher

A teacher is a person who educates children in school. The term teacher is usually associated with primary and secondary education. That is to say, teachers educate children in primary and secondary schools or colleges. So, they mostly have children – those under the age of 18 – as students.

Teaching usually involves imparting theoretical knowledge. For example, a Chemistry teacher teaches theories, formulas, and information about Chemistry. He may also teach the students how to apply this knowledge practically. But teaching basically deals with imparting knowledge. A teacher’s job also involves facilitating learning, monitoring and evaluating the students, and guiding them on the right path. We also generally associate teachers with responsibilities such as teaching students good manners, the difference between right and wrong, etc. Therefore, a teacher has many duties and responsibilities apart from teaching.

A teacher is typically a permanent position in a school. To become a teacher, one needs education certification from a teacher’s college or a bachelor’s degree.

## Who is an Instructor

An instructor is a person who instructs you how to do something. An instructor teaches specific practical skills. He teaches practical things, not theory. For example, a driving instructor teaches you how to drive a vehicle; a diving instructor teaches how to dive; a language instructor teaches how to speak a language. Therefore, the term instructor is very much similar to a coach.

The term instructor implies a temporary position. An instructor is employed for a limited a time period until the students learn the skills he teaches. Therefore, it is not a permanent position like a teacher.

The main duty of an instructor is to make sure that the students/student have reached a standard level of competence in the relevant skill.

## Difference Between Teacher and Instructor

### Definition

**Teacher** teaches students.

**Instructor** instructs students how to do something.

### Theory vs Practice

**Teacher** imparts theoretical knowledge to students.

**Instructor** teaches a specific practical skill.

### Students

**Teacher** typically teaches children.

**Instructors** can teach students as well as adults.

### Time period

**Teacher** is a long term position.

**Instructor ** is a short term position.

### Duties and Responsibilities

**Teachers** have many duties involving teaching, facilitating learning, monitoring and evaluating students, etc.

**Instructors** main duty is teaching the student how to reach a standard competence in the relevant skill.

### Interdependence

**Teacher** can do the role of an instructor.

**Instructor** cannot perform the role of a teacher.

*Image Courtesy:*

*“Teacher” by Flickr user *enixii*. – (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Commons Wikimedia *

*“Lecturer” by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd (Public Domain) via Commons Wikimedia *