How to Become an Online Teacher

  • Last Post 26 May 2017
L.Strader posted this 21 January 2016 - Last edited 26 February 2016

I have been an elementary school teacher for 10 years. I have my Ed.s degree. How do I become an online teacher?

7 Comments posted this 03 March 2016

I worked as a professor of accounting ^ finance for more that 20 years for the distance learning programs of Citi Universiaty in Seatle, Washington State, and NYIY for their campus in UAE and Egypt

Would like to register as on line teacher (Professor)

jbbrock posted this 08 March 2016

I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, practiced for a few years then decided to make a career change in corporate training.  I just completed a Master's Degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology.  I'm a single parent and have three children and will soon be needing to spend more time with my parents and spend more time helping them out.  I can't continue in my current career because it requires too much travel and time away from home.

I have completed internships in Instructional Design, and one in Content Development.  But my only experience in teaching in the field of academia was my work as a Graduate Assistant for 2 years while I was finishing my graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. I have been trying to find an opportunity to teach Introduction to Psychology and other classes I'm qualified to teach at Community/Technical Colleges and some 4 year colleges - since I'm not qualified to teach classes beyond the Associate degree level and some at Bachelor degree level. 

In time I will need to find an opportunity to work from home, and would love to become an online instructor.  I'm praying someone has a suggestion that will help me.

kajalsengupta posted this 12 September 2016

This is a question which is asked by many. I get frequent request for inputs. I started teaching online from 2010 and have been at it since then. My experience tells me that there are many forms of online teaching. You can join online schools or colleges or you can tutor on your own like I do. To work for established schools and colleges you need degrees and qualification as required by them . On the other hand if you tutor the it is your knowldge, availablility and dedication is what matters. You also have to figure out what kind of course you want to teach  at what level. The field is now too diverse and wide to merit an answer in few words.

jameskbaker posted this 21 September 2016

Thank You!

globalblurb posted this 18 October 2016

Is there any forum or website like upwork where people come and hire a teacher for services?

Kayleigh posted this 31 October 2016

Hi L.Strader,

Are you looking to teach online at the post secondary level or at the current level you're teaching at?

To teach at the college level, you usually will need a master's degree, which you have—great! K-12 online schools will require a teaching credential, which it sounds like you already have as well since you've been actively teaching for ten years.

There's no specific online teaching credential required to teach online. However, graduate certificates on the topic of online education are becoming more widely available and earning one can enrich your job prospects and prove you're trained to teach online to employers.

Thomas Edison State University offers an excellent graduate certificate in online learning for $7405. If you're interested in teaching at the K-12 level, American Public University offers one of the only K-12 graduate certificates in online teaching.

The best way to break into the industry is to simply start applying for adjunt jobs. Competition is pretty thick these days but we've written some very helpful blog posts on where to find jobs.

7 Best Online Teaching Job Sites

How to Use LinkedIn to Find Online Adjunct Jobs

How to Use Google to Find Online Adjunct Jobs

Also, make sure to check the GetEducated teaching jobs board frequently as we update it weekly!

It's great to search and apply for jobs but you don't have to wait for the perfect job to fall in your lap! Contact schools that offer online courses and inquire about their need for faculty. Becoming familir with online teacher pay rates and course length can also help you idenfity which schools you'd like to teach at. 

Finally, confirm online teaching is the right career path for you by reviewing the 5 challenges online teachers must be prepared to deal with.

Good luck!

Online Education Expert


ronaldjankens posted this 26 May 2017

I'm a college teacher for last 3 year. Then I started a youtube channel about my subjects. Also create a teaching blog online. Then I Rank my blog on the gooogle & starting a geate online institution.. You can also do it...