Have you ever thought about working from home in the field of education? Educational jobs working from home do exist. The process of finding them and getting an offer is extremely difficult, however. As a new contributor to WHAM.com, I will teach you everything there is to know about this employment arena.
These positions are broken down into three core areas of work: online teaching, writing and publishing, and virtual education support. Listed below is an introduction to each core area. These areas will be discussed at more length in future articles.
3 Key Areas for Working From Home in the Education Sector
1. Online Teaching
Online teaching is both for the K-12 market, as well as for the adult learning sector. Most online teaching positions require you to have an education degree or certification, but if you don’t have a degree or certification, there are still online teaching positions for you.
Online teaching positions include tutoring for a company that provides such services, teaching for an online virtual school that caters to students in grades kindergarten through 12th, or teaching for a program that services adult learners. Online teaching for adults varies significantly, from smaller e-learning independent programs, to larger universities that offer online adjunct positions.
All online teaching positions require some sort of degree or certification in education, except tutoring. Some online tutoring companies will hire you without formal education if you can pass specific skills assessments. Online teaching positions can be found by searching online job boards, by contacting specific employers, and through online networking.
Writing and publishing educational jobs are often flexible and can be arranged around your family's needs. Writing jobs include blogging, article writing, and working as a writing contributor for educational content websites. Publishing jobs include writing, editing, and consulting. Most work-at-home writing and publishing positions hire you as a freelancer.
In order to land writing and publishing positions, you most likely have to have a degree in education and extensive experience in the field. Occasionally, homeschooling moms can get job offers if their ideas are vastly different than what other educators have.
To break into the writing and publishing educational arena you must have an established online professional presence. For getting hired in these types of positions, you have to prove yourself. You have to network online and develop a digital footprint showcasing your niche and skills. Often these positions are not posted for hiring, but recruiters within the markets will find you if you show you have they are looking for.
3. Virtual Education Support
As long as you have basic administrative skills like typing, using a word processor, and communicating well, you can do virtual education support. Most of these jobs are office-like positions for educational companies or for departments of online colleges and universities.
To find virtual education support positions you have to search job boards using key words or by looking at the ‘careers’ pages of companies and institutions. Regardless of where you are searching, look for labels that are similar to standard office support positions. Examples include online support or online assistant.
Reading the title of the job and its description is the trick to determining whether any educational position is a working from home job. The description must list one of these key words or phrases: virtual, online, remote, telecommute, working from home, home office, elearning, or any other terms that are similar.
This concludes the introduction of the three core areas working from home as an educator. Next time you will receive tips for getting started.