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What Is a Virtual Teacher and How to Become One

Virtual Teacher

What Is a Virtual Teacher?

A virtual teacher is an educator who teaches online classes. As a virtual teacher, you may work as part of a traditional school or an online-only institution. Your duties are similar to those of an in-person teacher and include preparing for your classes, managing your online “classroom”, holding lectures or seminars, grading homework, and giving exams to your students. Virtual teachers can work in K-12 public schools, community colleges, traditional or online colleges, or even at education startups that provide distance learning for their users.

How to Become a Virtual Teacher

Becoming a virtual teacher is, in many ways, similar to the path you would take to become a regular teacher. Qualifications for the career include a bachelor’s degree and demonstrable lecturing skills. If you want a job teaching at the college level, you need to have a master’s degree and significant experience in your area. You must also be comfortable using technology as part of the educational experience. Some virtual teachers seek voluntary certification from a professional organization to improve job opportunities.