Have you ever considered teaching at a college community college or university? Did you know that to be qualified to teach at a community college or university that you do not need to have a degree in education? There is a misconception that one must have formal training in education in order to teach at a college or university. In order to teach bachelor level students, a Master degree in the discipline is required and to teach graduate level courses, a PhD or EdD is required. In order to teach, you must hold one degree higher and a minimum of 18 credit hours in the subject.
Colleges and universities seek professionals in the field to teach classes. Working professionals often make the best adjunct instructors, because of their theoretical and practical knowledge of a subject. Thus, being an adjunct instructor is a great way to share expert knowledge, with undergraduate or graduate students, based on personal experience in the field. It’s a great way to pour into students who will eventually become your colleagues in the field.
This is also a great way to earn some extra cash, which could be used to pay off student loan debt. Compensation will vary depending upon where you are working, the modality of the class, the number of students, and the length of the class. The type of class (undergraduate vs. graduate) that you are teaching may also impact the amount earned.
Teaching adjunct classes can be life changing. I began teaching at a community college when I was 25 years old. I was hired to teach sign language classes at a community college and really loved the experience. This shaped the future of my career. Not only did I love working with college students, but I also loved being back on a college campus. Going to class two nights a week and sharing my knowledge of sign language and the deaf culture with students was an invigorating experience. I found it provided with a different type of energy than I experienced when I would walk in to an elementary or high school setting. I desired to do more in the college setting; therefore, I pursued my PhD.
The opportunity that I was afforded at the community college teaching changed the direction of my life. It could change yours too. I strongly encourage you to consider additional ways that you can contribute to your field by teaching at a community college or university.