Difference Between Educator and Teacher

Educator vs Teacher

Educator and Teacher are two words that are often interchanged wrongly. There is some difference between the two words for that matter. The word ‘educator’ is used in the sense of ‘mentor’. On the other hand, the word ‘teacher’ is used in the sense of ‘trainer’ or ‘preceptor’. In fact, the word ‘educator’ is used in the special sense of ‘mentor’. This is the main difference between the two words.

The word ‘educator’ is used mainly as a noun. An educator leaves a permanent impression upon the taught. Many a time the taught considers such a persona that has left a permanent impression upon him as his mentor or ‘educator’. It is thus, understood that not all teachers can be called educators. Only such of those teachers who leave a permanent mark in the hearts of the students alone can be called as educators.

On the other hand, a teacher is appointed by the management of a school or a college to teach the lessons that form part of the syllabus for the students of a particular class. He or she is supposed to ward off the doubts in the minds of the students regarding the theory in a particular subject or an art. A teacher works for a salary at the end of the month.

A teacher alone can turn out to be an educator. On the other hand, all educators are natural teachers. It is interesting to note that the word ‘educator’ has its verbal form in the word ‘educate’, whereas the word ‘teacher’ has its verbal form in the word ‘teach’. It has its abstract noun in the form ‘teaching’. On the other hand, the word ‘educator’ has is adjectival form in the word ‘educating’. These are the differences between the two words.

  • Rich Neusse

    I guess I’m glad that
    Jesus was called teacher not educator.
    To declare oneself an educator seems to me haughty and self aggrandizing according to the explanation above.