From elementary school teachers to college professors—with full- and part-time options – online teaching is a constantly evolving (and expanding) career field that offers opportunities for a wide range of educators. However, narrowing down the information to the particular teaching experience you have is an important step because it is such a wide-open field. Online teaching and education-related jobs are probably best divided by grade level, and then further subdivided by subject matter and job function. Level is a pretty clear distinction, e.g., elementary, middle and high school, college (undergraduate and graduate). The grade level in which you have experience and certification will narrow your job possibilities to that area for the most part. Subject matter, too, will narrow your search. Though there is more crossover in this since teachers often have skills in various subjects, a math teacher in the real world will not find a job as an online teacher in social studies. However, where you will find more flexibility is the job function. Although they can use their teaching experience to leverage other types of jobs in online education such as instructional designers, online tutors or more, actually classroom teachers may find work teaching online.

Work at home as an online teacher

Colleges—both fully online and place-based universities—hire not only instructors, adjunct professors, department heads, etc., to work remotely from home, they hire course developers, instructional designers, subject matter experts, writers and editors to develop the online course material. School districts are offering online education opportunities to their students more and more often. And there is a growing market for K-12 educators to work remotely with that. Tutoring companies hire educators to provide tutoring services to clients around the world. These jobs may be employment positions, independent contracting or entrepreneurial opportunities. As well as school districts, online colleges and tutoring companies, Language education companies seek education professionals who are fluent in two or more languages to teach foreign languages and ESL. Test preparation and scoring is another field for teachers to work from home. These, however, tend to be part-time and/or temporary positions. Private companies (both for-profit and non-profit) service colleges and school districts by developing online education tools for them. These companies offer both actual teaching jobs and those in curriculum and course development. Some large corporations hire those with teaching experience to develop training materials in addition to this. Adult education websites provide a platform for entrepreneurs who create their own educational offerings and courses. There is not one specific set of requirement because there are so many ways to teach online. A bachelor’s degree and teaching experience are almost always required at a minimum. At the college-level, a master’s is required for instructors (who are often simply facilitators of the online course) but often a PhD is needed for jobs like adjunct professor or subject matter expert. Master’s degrees are often preferred for course developers and instructional designers. teaching certification (which typically means a master’s degree) is usually required for jobs that involve actual instruction, as opposed to curriculum writing or scoring at the K-12 level.