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Become An Online Instructor

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Working As An Online Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $54,890

    Average Salary

What Does An Online Instructor Do

An Online Instructor teaches remote post-secondary classes through the use of email, discussion pages, and video. They develop a curriculum based on the best knowledge in the field.

How To Become An Online Instructor

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Education

All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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Subject Matter Expert Program Manager Education Director
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor English Professor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Course Developer Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Faculty Assistant Professor Program Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Online Facilitator Adjunct Instructor Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Faculty Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Research Associate Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Assistant Director Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Social Worker School Counselor Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Course Developer Technical Writer Training Developer
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Associate Professor Dean Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Associate Dean Dean Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Curriculum Developer Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Professor Adjunct Professor
School Superintendent
14 Yearsyrs
Associate Faculty Lecturer Science Teacher
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Online Instructor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    65.3%
  • Male

    31.8%
  • Unknown

    3.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.8%
  • Asian

    7.8%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    46.8%
  • French

    11.7%
  • Chinese

    3.9%
  • German

    3.9%
  • Hindi

    3.9%
  • Arabic

    3.9%
  • Italian

    3.9%
  • Greek

    2.6%
  • Japanese

    2.6%
  • Russian

    2.6%
  • Mandarin

    2.6%
  • Swahili

    1.3%
  • Portuguese

    1.3%
  • Marathi

    1.3%
  • Georgian

    1.3%
  • Armenian

    1.3%
  • Gothic

    1.3%
  • Tagalog

    1.3%
  • Cantonese

    1.3%
  • Gujarati

    1.3%
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Top Skills for An Online Instructor

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Top Online Instructor Skills

  1. Online Classes
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Online Courses
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Serve as the online advocate which helps students apply for online classes within the institution.
  • Collaborated with administrative staff on curriculum development, formulation of educational goals, and student readiness.
  • Developed curriculum and taught two online courses (Beginner and Advanced) in Records and Information Management.
  • Possess a high level of proficiency with Angel Learning and Pearson's Learning Studio (LMS) and Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Provided instruction focusing on reading and mathematics.

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