Do You Have What It Takes to Work at Home Teaching Online Courses?
Yes, you can work at home teaching online courses and make over $20k. It really is easy to get started. I have been teaching online college courses on and off for over 20 years. Each year, I make over $20k annually working only 10-15 hours per week and remotely from anywhere there is an internet connection.
I Work at Home Teaching Online Courses
Online courses are normally asynchronous. Asynchronous means the students (adult learners) and instructors do not meet in an online classroom at a set date or time. Making online teaching a highly desirable work at home opportunity.
I started adjunct online teaching mathematics courses at University of Phoenix (UOP) Online over 20 years ago. At that time, UOP was the major player in the online education world. My pay rate was $950 every five (5) weeks. Currently, I work for two private universities. I make $4000 per eight (8) week term for my graduate course and $2300 for my undergraduate course. Graduate courses normally pay more than the undergraduate courses.
The pay rate varies depending on the school, the course, and the length of term taught.
Online instructors work at least 10- 15 hours per week per class. They can teach several sections of the same course, sometimes teaching two courses at a time. Other times, courses overlap start times. As instructors become more efficient, the weekly hours spent on the course decreases. Hence, the instructor makes more per hour.
Teaching Online College Courses
In order to get a leg up on online teaching, you need at least 18 graduate credit hours in a particular subject to teach undergraduate courses. This is also true for teaching at a brick and mortar.
Most colleges and universities prefer the applicant have a masters degree, but some will hire without it. To teach graduate level courses, the applicant needs a doctorate degree (terminal degree) in addition to the 18 graduate credit hours. Some schools may allow just a masters degree, depending on work experience and the course subject. Some community colleges accept a bachelors degree, if the applicant has extensive experience.
Online adjunct has become very competitive and popular because of the pay and the ability to work at home teaching online courses from anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection.
While on business trips, I remote into the classroom from the hotel room. Last summer, while on vacation in Punta Cuna, Dominican Republic, I logged in, graded assignments, and participated in the weekly discussion all before heading to the beach.
Get Started Teaching
What do you need to get started? Basically, you need unofficial transcripts, a curriculum vitae (similar to a resume), a teaching philosophy statement (optional), and a list of references. If you have any work experience teaching or training make sure to mention it. Also, include any professional work experience related to the course. And, Purchase the book. It will help guide you through the process.
Teaching Other Online Courses
No college degree, but still interested in teaching online courses. Look at platforms like U-demy, and Youtube. Don’t forget to check out your local community college’s Continuing Education Department. If you have the knowledge and experience, get it out there. I am sure others will pay for it. Below is a list of books to get you started.
How To Build Your Successful Online Teaching BusinessThe Professor Is In: Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a JobTeach Online Courses on Udemy: A Guide to Make Extra IncomeSell Video Courses Online: Make an Extra $5000+ Every Month
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