(Closed) Requirements for teaching in a community college?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My husband has taught at a local community college and at an online university in addition to his regular job. I can only speak for him, but he has his masters degree and no prior teaching experience. He does not have a teaching certification. The community college job was his first job after grad school and now he does it in addition to his full time job. I will say the pay is crappy for community college, the online university is much better!

Post # 3
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Depends on the exact job and field, but most community colleges only require a Master’s. Most teaching certificates are at the K-12 levels and require entire programs to complete, which would be a waste and pretty irrelevant for you. You also could try getting a foot in the door and gaining experience with tutoring programs too. 

Post # 5
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have a friend who also has a master’s in the mental health field. The pay is peanuts (a couple grand per semester at MOST), but it’s not a ton of extra work, especially after you teach the class once and have your syllabus/materials down. My friend mostly does it to save up a little extra spending money for the holidays. Not a terrible part time job, if you like teaching.

Post # 7
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I teach at a CC. In most cases, you need 18 graduate hours in the subject you will teach. So if your degree is in, say, history, you can’t teach English unless you have the requisite hours. It’s fairly easy to get an adjunct position (FT is another story), but it depends on the subject and the school. You usually won’t have a lot of say in when your classes are, but there are usually night/weekend openings available, so it’s a good 2nd job. In my field, you’d be unlikely to get an adjunct position at a university without a PhD or significant hours beyond the master’s.

As for pay, I made $1800/class in one state, $2400/class in another (pre-tax). This is for 16 weeks, 3 hours per week of class time (plus grading and planning time). Hope This Helps


Post # 9
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

hw84 :  You need the master’s/coursework in the field of study in which you’ll teach. English is its own field, not just some generic gen ed. And second the PP that it’s incredibly hard to get into adjuncting at a university — you’re competing with people for whom that is their full time job, not a fun sounding second income: grad students, post docs, PhDs cobbling together teaching spots while they try to find something tenure track.

Post # 10
1815 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

hw84 :  I’ve taught at Colleges for about 10 years now. You have to have a Masters degree + experience. The first time teaching the course is the hardest – as it takes work getting the assignments and exercises pulled together. After that you just update and tweek the course. It is time consuming if you’re planning on doing it on top of another job. I teach 4 courses per term. It’s nice that you get a few 3 week breaks between terms (our college has a summer term, so I don’t get summers off). 

Getting in wasn’t too hard – but you have to be at the right place at the right time. Put your name in, if a teacher leaves then they have your resume to call. In my case I was pretty well known in my field, so I got the call saying that the teacher had dropped out due to illness, and would I take a class? I never thought I’d enjoy teaching – but I really love it. I’d worked in my field for about 3 years before I got the college job, and I also was president of our professional association. The real world experience really helps. It gives you a lot of examples to discuss with the class, and ideas for assignments. (I should say that I was a pharmacist, then went back and did my masters degree – so my job is in the health care field – I can’t speak for programs like the Arts, where an accomplished painter or musician would probably be asked to teach even if they had no graduate degree – but their experience would be more important).

the pay isn’t bad – I started at $30/HR 10 years ago.  

If you have any questions let me know. 

Post # 11
9743 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’ve been teaching at community colleges since I graduated with my masters (so 3 years). I was a teaching fellow while getting my masters so that made landing a job at a community college easy since I had experience. The jobs are pretty easy to get since a lot are hiring a lot of the time but it’s harder if you don’t have teaching experience. Everywhere I’ve worked or applied requires you to have a masters, if you had a masters in one subject you could teach another if you had 18 graduate level credit hours in another.

The pay is shit, which is why I’m currently trying to switch fields but if it’s just a second job it’s a pretty good deal. However, just starting out you aren’t going to get much say in when you get to teach and if you are looking to only do classes at a specific time to work around another job that’s going to make getting a job even harder since usually seniority plays a big part in who gets thier choice of times/days of classes.

Post # 13
2604 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - County courthouse

My husband teaches remedial math full time at a cc. He makes atleast $90,000 a year…but he’s been there for 15 plus years. He has a master’s in math and no teaching certificate. But he also taught part time at university, so he has experience.

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