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Finding Online Teaching Jobs
Online Teaching can be a highly rewarding experience. If you currently teach online or you are considering online teaching, get the facts from the experts. On this site you can Apply to over 400 schools directly, Search the Jobs Boards daily, and get Email alerts. Be sure to browse our Faculty Resources section for online teaching career resources.
Getting Started Teaching Online
So you want to teach online, but aren’t sure where to send your resume? Curious about what kind of pay or working conditions you can expect? First point to consider: full-time, tenure-track online teaching jobs are rare. Most online colleges hire Adjunct faculty to work at a distance. Second: Not all schools offer the same deals. Employment conditions such as Pay rate, required Training, and class size vary widely.
Most online schools hire part-time Adjuncts. To qualify, you’ll generally need to hold a Master’s Degree or be able to document that you’ve taken a cluster of advanced coursework in the areas you wish to teach. Full-time Instructors typically need to hold Doctorates or teach in high-demand career areas such as Healthcare or Accounting, or Computer Science. They also may be required to take on mentoring, advising and assorted administrative duties. Those seeking part-time, adjunct positions will find the most opportunities for employment with online colleges.
Pay Ranges for Online Instructors
Here are some examples of what you might expect:
University of MD University College – $2,500 -$3,800 per class, 10 Week
Walden University – $3,000, Grad. eight -Week term.
University of Phoenix – $1,250 to $1,500, five-Week term, UG.
DeVry University – $2,860, eight-Week term, UG.
Southern New Hampshire Univ – $1,500 to $1,800, eight-Week term UG.
National American University- $1,250, ten-Week term, UG.
South University – $1,500, five-and-a-half Weeks, UG.
Career Education Corp – $2,360 for ten Weeks Grad.
Embry Riddle University – $125 p.r hd for UG, $150 pr hd for Grad.
Ashford University – $1,040 to $1,664 for five-week UG courses
Troy University – $2,000- PhD, $1,600, Masters, eight week UG.
Upper Iowa University – $2,100 for eight-week course
Number of Online Students
How many students are you comfortable teaching at once?
Teachers say it depends on the subject. If you are going to be grading essays, for example, you don’t want a class with 40 students. If you will have multiple-choice exams, this number might be more doable.
Online schools will expect you to respond to student questions, either via email or message board; the more students, the more questions—and the more time you will spend to earn your pay.
Find out your prospective school’s class size limit and subject matter area. Some schools cap class size at 15, and average even fewer students per class—this may provide a more enjoyable, less time-consuming teaching experience than a school with 30- 40, or more students per class.
Number of Courses You Can Teach
Many schools limit the number of online courses or credit hours any one instructor is allowed to teach. Six courses per year might be typical (18 credit hours per semester). If a college pays you $3,000 per course, that’s $18,000 per year part time—with no benefits, pre-tax.
If you want to make a more prosperous living, then, you may need to teach at more than one school simultaneously—which online Adjuncts frequently do, becoming full-time Adjunctpreneurs by working at several schools at once could triple your part time income to $54,000 per year.
Those who wish to make a full-time salary doing online Adjunct work will do best if they find courses that require the least amount of reading and grading time: those that use auto-grading.
Asynchronous v. Synchronous courses, Video v. non-Video
Schools that want you to be available for “real time” lectures or virtual office hours may cut your flexibility and require you to spend more time on the job. Video lectures may require you to dress up or swap sweats for suits—which some might find a burden. It will certainly take you more time to “prep” for video lectures and online student meetings.
.Course development can range from writing single-lesson assignments to writing exams or complete sets of lectures and Powerpoint downloads. Course development fees can vary widely, from $1,200 to $5,000 per course.
Make sure you understand what “rights” you are handing over if you write and develop a course. Most online colleges require course developers to sign a “work-for-hire” agreement which gives the college the right to own the course. This means you cannot freely take the course and use it to teach elsewhere. The course will belong to the college, not you.
Which factors are most important to you? Ask before applying—and accepting—your next online teaching job. Doing so will help you find the best distance teaching job for you.
Reprinted in part- Loma Collier, Learn To Teach Online, 2009
CTU’s Free Handbook for Online Instructors