Want To Teach Online?

by Kimberly Reeves

Teaching an education course online won’t make you wealthy, but there is a growing number of opportunities for experienced educators. Here’s a rundown of the major institutions providing Web-based education courses to undergraduates and graduate students and how to contact them.

*Capella University (www.capella.edu/aspscripts/
, 888-CAPELLA). The university, based in Minneapolis, Minn., typically hires adjuncts who’ve had teaching experience in traditional settings, says Phil Corkill, interim director of educational administration at Capella. “Most of our professors are people who are looking for the cutting edge in education,” he says.

* University of Maryland University College (www.umuc.edu/employ.html, 301-985-7058). University College, located in the Washington, D.C., suburb of College Park, Md., hires teachers for its two online degree programs launched in 2001—a master of arts in teaching and a master of education in instructional technology. Brenda Conley is the program director.

* University of Phoenix (www.phoenix.edu/faculty/index.html, 800-228-7240). The largest online provider, Phoenix seeks professionals with graduate degrees from an accredited university and several years of experience. The university tells teachers to assume each course will take between 8 and 10 hours per week. The university, based in Phoenix, Ariz., has campuses in 116 cities. Applications are filed online and contact people vary by campus.

* Walden University (www.waldenu.edu, 800-WALDEN-U). The university, based in Minneapolis, also advertises teaching needs occasionally in the Chronicle of Higher Education and professional journals. Walden compensates on different levels, depending on the qualifications of the faculty member and the course being taught. Peggy Gaskill directs the education program.