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If you have deep knowledge of certain field, a master's degree and a little Internet savvy, consider teaching classes online.
If you have deep knowledge of certain field, a master's degree and a little Internet savvy, consider teaching classes online.
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If you have extensive knowledge of a certain field -- and a master's degree or higher -- you could find a rewarding position as an online professor. You wouldn't lack for students, either: More than one in four students took at least one online course in the fall of 2008 [source: Miller].

Colleges and universities aren't the only places that need online teachers; there are several online learning companies who offer classes on a variety of topics, from photography and creative writing to medical and software certification. Many Web sites dedicated to jobs in education also contain links to online teaching positions.

Landing a job as an online professor requires proficiency in technology, as well as your chosen subject matter. Be prepared to show examples of a personal or professional Web site, a regular blog or posts on related blogs, or online articles. Many universities offer workshops to help their faculty become more familiar with software and online teaching tools. Once you land the position, you'll be expected to create a syllabus and content for regular classes, monitor online message boards, respond to e-mails and evaluate the work that your students post online. Teaching online can be a rewarding and fulfilling vocation, just as in the classroom -- plus the additional flexibility.


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