How Do You Get a Job As an Online College Instructor?


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Variations exist between schools, but most schools require you to complete an application either online or in paper format. Many schools, such as the University of Phoenix and Southern New Hampshire University, also have additional requirements for online instructor applicants, and job search engines often post requirements with each entry.

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Southern New Hampshire University requires applicants for online instructor positions to fill out a web-based application form and to send it in with an attached curriculum vitae. The school also requires applicants to possess a Master's degree or higher. Applicants receive a background check, and those individuals that the school determines are most qualified begin the training process upon acceptance.

The University of Phoenix also has a web-based application form. For consideration for an online position, applicants must have a Master's or Doctorate degree (or equivalent), at least five years of experience teaching in their field and up-to-date knowledge of current trends in their field.

Online instructor positions on Indeed.com and HigherEdJobs.com usually list the basic requirements within each entry or on the links attached to the entries, and these vary depending on the institution. For example, as of August 2015, Indeed.com has a post for Adjunct Philosophy Instructor for Brown Mackie College. This links to the college website, which lists conflict resolution skills, a bachelor or Master's degree and good time management as some of the job requirements.

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