Do you have a knack for teaching others or have always wanted to be a teacher but not necessarily in a physical classroom setting? To be successful, you’ll need a strategy for getting online teaching jobs.
If so, then you may want to consider becoming an adjunct teacher. Not only can you fulfill your passion for teaching, but you can also turn it into a nice side hustle.
There’s never been a better time to become an online teacher. The number of students going to school online has been steadily increasing each year.
You’ll need a master’s degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in the teaching discipline at a bare minimum. A lot of schools require some previous higher education teaching experience, but not all of them do. Not having teaching experience is not necessarily a deal breaker. But you do need a master’s degree in the discipline or a Masters in anything plus 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline.
Pay for teaching online can vary depending on such things as the field, level of education and experience; and where the educator is employed (public, private university, community college, etc.).
Many online instructors work as adjunct instructors. This means they work on a contract basis and are paid per course.
Some online adjuncts work on a part-time basis, while others teach several courses for multiple schools and work enough hours to be considered full-time.
Online teachers may interact with their students in many ways. Some of those ways include through email, message boards, online “blackboards,” and chat rooms. Interacting in these ways allows teachers to teach students from around the world.
You should have good communications skills and be able to convey course materials in a way that students can understand it in an online environment.
Other ways to interact with students may also include video or audio lectures. Material that can be downloaded to assist with curriculum is a must. Most courses include additional documents instead of just relating on text books. Teachers may use other ways to teach as well. Real time discussions may help students feel more a part of the classroom community.
Although teaching online offers more freedom than a traditional classroom, online teachers are still expected to answer student’s questions and concerns in a timely manner.
Needless to say, those who are serious about online teaching should be comfortable with computers and technology, as well as social media.
If online teaching sounds like something that interest you, I recommend taking the self-paced course, Your Guide to Finding an Online Teaching Job. If you’re serious about pursuing adjunct teaching for extra income or even doing it full-time, this course will be very beneficial.
This course will give you an overview of how to find an online teaching job including job search strategies.
To take the course you’ll need to be a member of the Adjunct World. You’ll be able to receive any promo codes/discounts they are offering at any point in time on the course if you get their emails as well.
If you still feel like you’d like to go a step further after taking Your Guide to Finding an Online Teaching Job, then you might also consider taking Fundamentals of Online Training.
Fundamentals of Online Teaching is a 4-week instructor lead course that can help you increase your skills and gain valuable knowledge and experience regarding online teaching. The course is designed in a way that models best practices in online teaching and course design. Becoming familiar with online teaching and course designs is also a benefit of taking the course. You’ll gain first-hand experience that you can apply in the real online teaching world. Add this course to your resume to help you stand out. Upon completion you will also receive a certificate.
Topics of the course include adult learning theories, qualities and skills to become a successful online instructor, online classroom policies and procedures, and more! If you’re on the fence about the course read some reviews and testimonials.
The next Fundamentals of Online Teaching course starts November 11, 2019.