To become a computer instructor, get a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree, acquire certification or licensure, and obtain one to five years of relevant experience, according to Education Portal. Identify particular career goals, as different types of computer teaching jobs entail varying requirements.
Aspiring computer instructors who want to teach computer literacy classes, especially for volunteer work, need some experience and don't have to achieve a particular education level, explains Education Portal. Those who want to apply for instructor positions should complete a bachelor’s degree or get some teaching experience. It is essential to finish a bachelor’s degree to become a computer science teacher at the secondary education level. A doctoral degree is typically necessary to teach at the postsecondary level, whereas a master’s degree is often required for two-year college positions.
The next step is to get a program certification, such as Java or Microsoft Office Suite certifications provided by software manufacturers, states Education Portal. Do some research on educational computer programs or certification preparation programs offered by local community colleges and software companies. Aspiring computer instructors who want to teach in public K-12 schools must be state-licensed to teach.
Gain work experience by seeking employment in public schools, community colleges or universities, advises Education Portal. Some private educational institutions offer targeted career training for instructors who specialize in specific areas, such as networking.