We are excited to welcome passionate, qualified individuals to Outschool’s community of educators!
Outschool does not require formal teaching credentials. We believe that many adults can offer quality learning experiences based on their expertise and interests. We do, however, have several requirements, detailed below. Educators need to fulfill these requirements to become and to remain a teacher on Outschool:
You must be at least 18 years old.
You must reside full-time in any of the 50 United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, or Wales (note that other UK countries do not apply at this time).
You must have one or more expertise or passion that you will base your classes around.
You must meet our community standards, including prompt, professional communication with families and the Outschool team.
You must observe our class content policy, including the policy that Outschool classes are secular and objective.
You must have a reliable and fast Internet connection (over 3Mbps upload and download).
You must have the technical know-how to effectively run online classes.
You must have a good command of written and spoken English.
You must verify your identity and pass a criminal background check
Steps to Apply
You’ll need to take the following steps to become an approved educator on Outschool.
1. Familiarize yourself with Outschool
First, understand the basics of teaching on Outschool. Check out the Getting Started guide in our Educator Resource Hub. Consult articles throughout our help center. We also have a Facebook group for prospective teachers.
2. Apply to teach
Fill out your application and follow the steps to submit it. You will share specifics about your expertise, class topics you’re passionate about, and a writing and video sample. These materials will only be used for the purpose of this application.
Once submitted, you’ll hear back from our team within three business days. Learn more about Creating a Great Teacher Application and check out our sample applications for potential teachers.
3. Verify your Identity
Once your application has been approved, you will need to verify your identity. This is a free, secure, and quick process through a company called Berbix which specializes in identity verification. Learn more about identity verification at Outschool.
4. Complete your Background Check
Next, you will need to begin your background check. These are performed by a company called Checkr which specializes in background checks, and they’re free, secure, and private. Once your background check clears, you can officially join our community of educators! Learn more about background checks at Outschool.
5. Complete Required Professional Learning
Once your background check clears, you will need to complete the required professional learning modules in the Professional Learning Center.
These lessons cover our Class Content Policies and Safety and Privacy, which will prepare you to teach your first Outschool class.
6. Complete your public teacher profile
You’ll be prompted next to complete your public teacher profile, which families can view on our site to learn more about you. Learn more about creating your teacher profile.
Here’s an example of a complete teacher profile for reference.
7. List your first class!
Hooray! You can now create your first class and request a listing on Outschool. Our team reviews all class listings, even for established teachers, before they are published on the site.
We recommend listing a One-time class as your first. Once you’ve requested your class listing, it can take about 3 days for our team to approve it or provide feedback. You’ll need to have one class published before submitting additional classes for review.
Learn more about Standards for class listings and Sample class listings for new teachers.
8. Additional resources
On the right side of your dashboard, you’ll see additional ways to learn more and gain support as a new Outschool educator. The Professional Learning Center provides thorough learning opportunities on topics like Teaching Online, Designing Curriculum, and Building Your Business. The Educator Library offers tools and tips for online teaching.