This article will provide you with not only links of where to apply for teaching jobs online but also the qualifications and the equipment you will need. Having taught online and in person for over 15 years let me save you some time and effort finding your next job online.
You can find online teaching jobs on the following websites: job sites, online teaching specific sites, Universities, Community College or Vocational Training, Private Companies, Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) and Non-Profit organisations. You could also deliver your own training courses online.
Here is what we will cover in this article:
- Levels of Teaching
- Tutoring (afterschool)
- English Teaching
- Kindergarten to Grade 12
- Vocational Education and Training (VET)
- Private Companies
- General Job Websites
- Teach Away
- Higher Ed Jobs
- What Qualifications Do I Need?
- How Much Could I Earn?
- What Equipment Do I Use?
- Where To Find Support?
Now that you know where you could search for a teaching job online let’s get into the specifics of how you would do that.
Levels of Teaching
When you are applying for a teaching job online you need to know who the audience is that you will be teaching and what special requirements they may have.
There are many forms of tutoring online and you can apply directly to the tutoring websites. Some require you to have formal qualifications and some only require you to have the skill you are wanting to tutor.
Check out the requirements on the following websites for more information:
This website looks for people with formal qualifications like a Diploma, Bachelors or Phd that can teach in the following areas:
IMPORTANT: You are required to have a valid working visa for the USA to apply for jobs on this platform.
This website has many more subjects you can teach as long as you can show competency in that particular subject through a formal qualification or vendor certificate.
While there is a lot of competition on the website and sometimes it can be hard to find a tutor that suits you it is for students to get straight to your tutoring profile and request tutoring.
For more tutoring websites look at this article:
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Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12)
Since Covid-19 a lot of teachers are now teaching online. There was already an industry trend for moving other forms of training online but this has sped up one of the areas of teaching that may have been the last to come online. That is typical primary and high school teaching.
To find jobs for typical teaching positions they are still listed on the general jobs websites below.
Most universities now teach all postgrad courses and select undergrad courses online. Since the start of Covd-19 most universities were forced to take all courses online. The early universities to take content online and where you could apply could be found on Coursera or Edx.
You can either check on the University website for online teaching jobs or on the general job websites below.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
For any education you do after highschool that is not at a university level you can do this through VET. In the USA and around the world they have different names from Technical Colleges, Community Colleges to Registered Training Organisations.
For more information about VET in your country and in general you can look at this link:
LINK: Wikipedia Vocation Education
The jobs for VET can be found on the website below.
There were a lot of companies already teaching online and the only way to find the jobs for those companies is to check their individual websites or the standard websites below. With private companies they may be more flexible about the qualifications required depending on what they need taught. Private companies are outcome and income focused.
This is one of the USA’s biggest job websites and has over 250 million users a month and for more information about the company you can go here. To find specific online teaching jobs and the salary they are providing you can go to this link.
LINK : Indeed Online Teaching Jobs
This is another big job website in the USA and currently over 30,000 jobs listed for teaching online and related jobs at the writing of this article. To directly to those jobs you can click on the link below.
LINK: Monster Online Teaching Jobs
By far the largest amount of online teaching jobs is currently in teaching English to foriegn countries. This was even so pre Covid-19. So getting a qualification in TEFL as a Certificate, Diploma or Graduate Certificate or Diploma was a great way of travelling and working as you did so.
Some of these websites require you to have a valid USA working visa and some do not so always check into that before applying. Here are a couple of the bigger companies you could look at applying too.
One of the first on the market to provide foriegn English training where you can tutor a single child or a group of children through a Zoom type video call.
This is another popular teaching english to foreign school ages children platform online that you could apply too. This is specifically for children 5 to 12 years old living in China. For more information you can go to their website above.
This website brings together jobs from other websites into one easy to understand location and provides you with little icons on each job listing that help you decide between jobs in the list.
This is a well established website that not only provides the jobs but can also point you to training for gaining the skills to teach online. You can click on “Online Courses” on their website menu to see where you can go to get qualified.
This is another well established website that started with english teaching jobs online and has expanded to being a job board for all types of jobs teaching online. They have plenty of articles and resources that will tell you what qualifications you will need for teaching English online.
Higher Ed Jobs
This website was created purely for University level jobs and has the ability to search for specifically remote jobs where you can work from home. To save you some time I have provided this in link above.
What Qualifications Do I Need?
To teach online the short answer is you only need to know more than the people you are teaching. Each of the online teaching platforms has its own rules and requirements and you will have to check directly with them. If you are teaching at University, School or VET you need to at least have the qualification you are wanting to teach.
For more information check out this article:
ARTICLE: What Certification is Needed to Teach Online
What Equipment Do I Use?
Depending on what you are going to teach you may need optional pieces of hardware. Below you will find a brief explanation for some hardware that may be useful to you.
Laptop or Computer
The most important equipment when teaching online (regardless of the subject) is your laptop. It allows you to create, edit, and distribute your training content. You will also use it during classes and to conduct live meetings with your students.
Generally any computer less than 4 years old of around $500 will do for this style of training. For most training online an i3 or i5 Intel processor with 4 gigs of RAM with a solid-state disk (SSD) or 8 gigs so RAM with an older style hard drive is more than enough.
The required specifications of your computer are directly linked to the complexity of software you are planning on using. If you are going to perform multiple tasks at the same time then you might want to stick to the latter option (i5 Intel processor with 8 gigs of RAM and an SSD). Otherwise, you can complete all your tasks with a basic laptop (i3 Intel processor with 4 gigs of RAM).
NOTE: An equivalent AMD CPU is fine also so if cost is an issue this is a nice way to reduce your costs.
Webcam and Microphone
If you are going to have live training with your students or you wish to add sections of you explaining topics or ideas in your eLearning you will need at least a webcam and microphone. If you have never taught live online the article below will discuss some of the pros and cons.
ARTICLE: Teaching Live Online: The Pros and Cons
If you are using a laptop then it probably has an integrated microphone and camera. However, due to the poor quality of these two components I strongly advise against using them for teaching purposes. You should spend some extra money and buy a dedicated microphone and webcam.
If you want to see my recommendations in terms of dedicated webcam and microphone you should take a look at the Recommended Tools page of the one I currently use.
How Much Could I Earn?
If you are tutoring online you could expect $10 USD to $30 USD depending on what you are tutoring. For a salaried workers you obliviously get the salary and any benefits. If you create your own training course online you can earn as much as you sell your course.
For more information on ways you can teach online check out this article:
ARTICLE: How Can I Teach Online?
Where To Find Support?
There are many places you can go for help when you are teaching online such at Q&A websites, Facebook Groups, Social Media, Online Teaching Websites, Teach Subject Specific website and groups. These can be both online and in person.
For more information on where to find support look at this article: