Do you have a career roadmap for you future which embraces the flexibility of working from home and setting your own hours? Teachers now have a variety of options with the implement of online colleges. As online education becomes more popular, there is a huge demand for instructors to teach college courses.
Finding work as an online educational instructor requires a master’s degree and some strategic planning, however if you are dedicated it can be not only lucrative but offer freedom to the digital nomad generations. Working from home or remote locations is another fast-moving trend as people try to re-define their life goals. If you can teach, you can find numerous opportunities to become an online college instructor.
Plan your career
Employers such as universities and community colleges have different prerequisites for teaching applicants. Whereas a university might require a doctorate degree, a community college will accept a master’s degree. The majority of schools will require a teaching license or certification.
Get your degree
It is not necessary for the degree to be in education, yet your area of expertise will have to be acceptable for certification.
Get an internship.
Anybody attending college should seek an internship opportunity. This is especially true in teaching, and gaining valuable hands-on experience. Consider tutoring centers, enrichment classes, and after-school programs. Some degree programs include this into the curriculum.
Get familiar with distance-learning technology
Take courses online while you are in school. You will gain valuable insight about computers and online learning from the experience. Online classes will provide knowledge on how course plans are implemented and teaching strategies and formats. Some schools offer online instructor training; explore the different tutorials and programs available.
Get some experience
Employers love golden resumes, this is the truth. Your resume should be planned as you enter college. Show a steady, well-rounded path which demonstrates who you are career-wise. There are easy ways to do this. As a freshman, try to volunteer because this could lead to future opportunities. Sophomore year have intention to tutor, or some teaching avenue which could possibly pay. By junior year, hit straight on to an internship. This may mean talking to professors, community organizations, or the previous connections you have made. Remember, this is all going on the resume. When senior year and beyond approaches, you are ready to gain professional work experience. Many teaching instructors graduated from traditional classroom to the online teaching environment.
Get an advanced degree
Turn your skills up with a master’s or doctorate. An advanced degree will also provide more professional references. Even if you decide online teaching isn’t for you, an advanced degree places you right in the pocket for tenure-tracks in traditional learning environments.
Every online school offers something completely different than the next, and with that are also different hours and salaries. Most instructors work as part-time adjuncts. This is where the master’s and doctorate degree play a role in tenure-track faculty positions. Tenure positions may include other roles such as advising, administrative and mentoring.
The average salary for an online instructor is between $1500-2100 for a five to eight week course. Accelerated courses, meant for older, or working students typically is a five week course which pays the instructor $1500 dollars. As you begin to schedule your own courses, always bear in mind the length, this will help you assess the fee.
Some universities and community colleges will pay a flat fee, while others pay per ‘head’. When it is pay-per-head some schools encourage instructors to keep students from dropping out, or the instructor doesn’t get paid. Some schools will include a bonus for larger class sizes.
Many schools will have a limit to the amount of courses you can teach. This can easily reduce your ability to make a substantial yearly income from online teaching. The way to combat this and increase your earning potential is to teach at more than one online school simultaneously. It would require a tremendous amount of work on your part, and often times not justify the money.
Being an online teaching instructor provides an opportunity to remain in your career in a non-traditional way. The best way to approach any new opportunity is to try it out. It may be just the career path you have been looking for. If not, you still have a great degree and a golden resume in hand to pursue life ambitions.