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9 Types of Online Teaching Jobs

Updated on March 26, 2020
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A former principal, teacher, and tutor, Kenna works online as a curriculum writer and writes about educational technology.

Being an online Teacher is becoming more and more popular.
Being an online Teacher is becoming more and more popular. | Source

Demand for Online Teaching Jobs

Online educational companies report a constant expansion of K-12 students' enrollment over the last ten years. Families have come to recognize they learn from digital education. They see it as high-quality instruction for those preferring homeschooling or blending (learning part of the time in brick-and-mortar classrooms and part of the time online).

More states across the US are funding online schools as accredited establishments. Virtual public schools are continuing to increase in large numbers.

The demand for more online teachers and online teaching-related jobs is growing exponentially. If you have a teaching credential or tutoring certificate, this is the time to consider working as a teacher in the convenience of your home, and actually, never getting dressed for work.

1. Online Teacher

If you just graduated from college, you might want to consider starting your career as an online teacher. Or, if you are a former teacher or want to increase your overall earnings, take a moment and view the multiple online jobs listed in this article. They are open to hiring teachers like you. You can take a look and see if one or more fits your lifestyle.

Working in the comfort of your casual dress or even pajamas in your home, while teaching online saves you time and money, and probably less stressful. You don't have to purchase school supplies or drive to work as long as you have credentials. If you don't have credentials, you can write curricula or become a certified tutor and still work from home online.

Though some online teachers and tutors instruct a group, most of the instruction is done one-on-one and requires specific equipment, which some establishments are willing to purchase for their staff.

Online teachers instruct all academics or teach specialty subjects like Math, English, French, History, ESL, and other minor topics. Shop around and see which school or establishment offers the best salary and benefits. The list I offer is a good start.

You can teach anywhere online.
You can teach anywhere online. | Source

Salary and Benefits for Online Teachers

I am in awe of the differences in salary and benefits. Some schools are competitive and offer wages and benefits that attract highly skilled teachers and tutors, such as Florida Virtual School, which I have on the list below, compared to other schools that are not as transparent. You need to dig deeper and find out what they are genuinely like and have to offer.

Another aspect to consider, going from a brick and mortar classroom to working at home is you will experience a pay cut, so you might want to start working online part-time. See if it is something you like, and is it worth taking a cut in pay. Also, keep in mind, most online schools advance equipment to teachers and offer guidance. Make sure you fully understand what they provide you as an online teacher working for them.

2. Online Tutor

As mentioned before, tutoring online is an excellent method for working at home and making a decent living or supplementing your income. It is also ideal for teachers who appreciate schooling in the classroom, but desire a supplemental income by tutoring online in the early evenings or weekends. It allows for various choices of picking a subject to tutor and the hours that work for you.

If your vocation is ESL, EOSL, SAT or ACT prep, English, or Mathematics, you can utilize technologies like Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom. The vital aspect of being successful as a tutor online happens as long as you have enough clients. So, you need to build up enough students to support your livelihood by yourself or with help through tutoring companies that operate as a clearinghouse. Below are links to some tutoring companies for you to decide whether or not you want to use them.


3. Curriculum Developer

Obtaining a reputation as a versatile curriculum developer is essential if you want to make good money working online in the educational field. Skilled curriculum writers is a service both online and conventional schools hope to find. I write curriculum and find it rewarding for not only helping schools deliver better material but hearing how students excel because of it.

Not just schools need curricula, so do educational consultants, afterschool care programs, and summer camps. These educational groups post on job boards advertizing for qualified curriculum developers to manage their programs standardly and with current state requirements.

Most of these jobs require classroom experience. I am fortunate to have the teaching experience in a conventional classroom, managing my lesson plans and materials. If you know how to formulate a standard curriculum, like me, you can then organize that expertise into a secondary occupation and enhance your earnings as a home-based job.


4. Teaching Materials Provider

Creating teaching materials is comparable to being a curriculum developer. But it includes combining features like writing plays, printouts for homeschool projects that download for a fee, or anything that is project-based. When you produce teaching materials for other schools, teachers, afterschool care programs, and homeschooling families, you earn money as well. The list of possible clients seems limitless.

If you are a teacher, like I was, where you created copious amounts of teaching materials through trial and error or other avenues to create unique and fresh content, take your work and offer the materials to other institutions or homeschool families. Websites such as Super Teacher Worksheets and Teachers Pay Teachers empowers you to submit your lesson plans, activities, special projects, classroom games or decorations, and whatever.

Some teachers report earning a bundle from these platforms. Truthfully, I post my lesson plans, projects, and plays on Teachers Pay Teachers and make extra money for incidentals, but it adds up after a while and is rewarding.

5. Test Scorer

Educational Testing Services (ETS) inspires anyone and everyone to apply for a position. Test scoring is not a full-time position, but rigidly part-time with workloads cycling through their online platform to estimate tests scores like Praxis, TOEFL, and GRE.

Most of the work is between January-June, so you'll need other work during September-December. It is a viable part-time job because although it pay that great it's an easy job and you can score the tests in the comfort of home.

Other companies, Pearson and Literably, need independent scorers as well. Both require comprehensive screening and preparation programs before you get started earning money. Once the hurdles get cleared, these companies supplement your income nicely. Their links are below in the "References" section.

6. Educational Editor

In this role, you edit work by other teachers or textbook authors, I find it is one of the best jobs to do at home. Like any teacher, you have a sharp eye for catching punctuation, grammar, and research errors. You know the guidelines and can systematically correct papers. Educational publishing companies allow teachers to forsake the classroom and shift to freelancing.

But, if you desire benefits, pension plan, or any traditional perks that come with working for someone, it is not the career you want. More companies are contracting editors who instead work at home, though some companies still hire you and allow you to operate a home. It would help if you found them, yet they are not easy to find.


7. Educational Blogger and Writer

Build a repertoire of work, develop a stable flow of income, and then leave your day job as a classroom teacher. Being an excellent writer is not enough. It helps to build a portfolio of work showing your talent -- what you can do. That happens by getting your work published online or in magazines and other publications.

Your teaching background helps give you stature as an expert on teaching, so the publishers take notice, but a well-organized portfolio gets you the work. Search the job boards I listed below, and peruse websites and other magazines in need of teachers who can write about education in the classroom or in general.

8. Writing Coach

It is writing skills or the lack of writing skills in high school and college that requires the hiring of a writing coach in the business community. Becoming a writing coach helps raise the dwindling trend of poor grammar and punctuation. By overseeing and helping both students and business clients develop necessary writing skills is a lot like tutoring. It usually occurs one-on-one with Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. I consider it a part-time job that a tutor can pick up as an extra freelance job. You can find your clients via the Internet or word of mouth.

9. Online Adjunct Teacher

An adjunct teacher is a perfect stay-at-home job. What does an adjunct teacher do? You help prepare, plan, and implement teaching projects that assist online students. It's an administration job with duties that involve communicating with students via phone, chatrooms, emails, or instant messaging. The central aspect of the work is replying to parents' or students' queries promptly. The pay is comparably low, but you get to work at home.


Time to Start Planning

Now that you know more about teaching or tutoring online, I recommend you take a look at the links below, study them thoroughly. Then, you should write a plan of action while still keeping your day job. I suggest you peruse the job boards, weigh all possibilities as a stay-at-home teacher or tutor, map out your journey, make the best decisions, and be steadfast.

Digital learning is relatively new but is rapidly growing, and anyone who cherishes helping students can begin shaping a new career as an online teacher or tutor in the luxury of their private home.


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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 weeks ago from Northern California

      Liz, Good point. I am not surprised as most secondary education institutions have closed campus or classes. They are teaching online, now, until the virus blows over.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      I have heard that recently, with the onset of coronavirus, that the demand for online tutors has rocketed.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 weeks ago from Northern California

      Rada, I agree. But, we still need that one-on-one connection and the understanding that we need to treat each other kindly, like face-to-face, when we are working online.

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      Rada Heger 

      2 weeks ago

      Nowadays, many people work online in different areas. I think that the more the world develops the more online jobs will be.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      5 weeks ago from Northern California

      Liz, it is incredible, and the field is expanding because of educational technology. They need writers, but it is a competitive field.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      I had no idea that there were so many openings for teachers working from home. This is a very useful guide for anyone considering using their teaching skills online.

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      6 weeks ago from New York

      Highly interesting article with vital information

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      6 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Very interesting and useful. Well presented.


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