A quick perusal of the financial news will provide academics with sufficient information about the negative impact the ongoing economic crisis is having on public education. The painful reality of mass teacher layoffs, overcrowded classrooms resulting from administrators trying to leverage as much intellectual work out of academic as possible without actually compensating them for the effort and the disappearance of any viable number of tenure-track positions at four-year state colleges and universities should make an educators with a master degree or doctorate look to distance education as a way to either supplement their faculty salaries or completely replace salaries lost to layoffs. However, any effort to transition out of the physical classroom and into a sustainable online teaching schedule must begin with a clear-minded analysis of the current circumstances impacting academics attempting to continue earning a decent living from the delivery of instructional information at the post-secondary level.
A smart example of critical thinking about teaching as a career path is the growth of adjunct instructors every year. There can no longer be any question that the administrators of community colleges, state universities, four year state colleges and technical schools are now following the lead set by for-profit colleges in terms of adopting distance education as a primary vehicle for post-secondary degree programs. The cost of providing instruction to the rising number of new and returning college students in the physical classroom on the traditional campuses is almost too much to be met now, and it will absolutely be too much to be met in the very near future. The only alternative for these administrators is to move as many academic disciplines as possible to the Internet in the form of online college degree programs. While there are still many pedagogical issues to be resolved as more online college courses are developed and offered to post-secondary students, there is no longer any question that the future of teaching in general is now locating itself on the Internet.
A traditional adjunct faculty member teaching on a physical college or university campus is very limited today in terms of how much income can be made and how many actual college classes can be taught at any one time. This is primarily the result of the necessity of having to travel physically to the campus in order to reach the college students. If an adjunct college professor lives in the sparsely populated part of the country, there are only two or possibly three post-secondary academic institutions that actually have college classes that need teachers. Further, the adjunct instructor who must drive a personal vehicle between available teaching positions on physical campuses is forced to spend a good portion of the small amount being paid for the college teaching on the maintenance and repair of the motor vehicle. Now imagine not having to stand one solitary dime on a personal vehicle in order to arrive in the front of the college classroom. The online adjunct instructor is in such an enviable position because the online college classes can be taught on the Internet by using an inexpensive laptop computer.
The amount of money an adjunct instructor can earn teaching online full time in this fashion, using a computer as a method of arriving at the academic workplace instead of a motor vehicle that must be driven many miles each day, is considerable, and at the very least could be viewed as an extra paycheck from online college teaching. Since most individuals with earned graduate degrees, a Ph.D. or master degree, readily choose to teach college classes for a living, and there are many that consider the academic life a viable and desirable career path, they are severely limited due to budgetary constraints now being experienced by physical colleges and universities. It is a good idea to take a hard look at the online adjunct income that can be earned by teaching for accredited online bachelor degree programs and online master degree programs. In fact, the reality of academic life today indicates that online adjunct jobs help remove academic and economic limitations for college teachers.
The online adjunct instructor who masters the computer skills required to digitally navigate in and out of a variety of accredited online college degree programs every day can easily acquire an online teaching schedule with as many as ten to twelve online college courses in it. This number of online classes will generate online adjunct income stream that will be the envy of the vast majority of traditional college adjunct faculty members. An online teaching schedule containing ten online college courses in it can easily produce an online adjunct income equal to or in excess of fifty thousand dollars a year provided the online college professor constantly improves the computer skills required by online degree programs.
Granted, these computer skills are not within the purview of every academic, but they can be learned to some degree that will permit the online faculty member to acquire at least five or six online faculty positions with the appropriate application of effort. It is not easy to teach online for accredited online bachelor degree programs, but the alternative is to remain in the physical college classroom and slog away for poverty wages. In no way is this acceptable for an individual who has made the massive effort required to earn a doctorate or masters degree. As time goes on, and more and more pressure is put on diminishing budgetary funds at traditional colleges and universities, these post-secondary academic institutions will deploy even more online college degree programs. Further, new and returning college students generally have no hesitation in enrolling in an online MBA degree program, the military degree program or one of the many online nursing masters programs. As a result, the college teacher who is tired of barely scraping by in the physical college classroom should start now to learn how to acquire online adjunct jobs in order to help remove academic limitations.
The best defense is often a good defense, and this truism is especially relevant for educators with earned graduate degrees. It is no longer a secret that public education budgets are in peril as the necessary funds required to finance faculty salaries and physical campuses are reduced practically every semester. This decline is a sustainable income from teaching in a traditional classroom should cause academics to take a hard llk at the growth of online college courses in multiplying online bachelor degree programs and online master degree programs. The unavoidable reality of teaching for a living is that online college degree programs are the way to create enough sustainable income as an academic to replace a traditional faculty salary lost to budget cuts.
Of course, there are many teachers at the secondary level and elementary level of the academy with a bachelor degree and they wonder if the expense and time required for earning a doctorate or master degree is worth it. The answer is yes because a graduate degree is necessary to teach at the post-secondary level of the academy. An educator with an earned graduate degree and a modest level of computer skill can learn how to develop multiple online adjunct income streams by locating an applying for online adjunct faculty employment with the thousands of colleges and universities that offer online college classes to their enrolled students.
The most effective approach to finding open online adjunct instructor positions with community colleges, for-profit colleges and four-year universities is to make an application to each and every one of them. Of course, since there are over five thousand post-secondary academic institutions that are in the process of increasing the number of online college degree programs they offer college and university students it can be overwhelming to the beginning online adjunct instructor. The usual daily submission of academic credentials and evidence of classroom experience to at least ten online bachelor degree programs will start to produce results more quickly than can be imagined in the beginning, so it is important for the new online instructor to stay focused during the submission process to colleges and universities.
The length of the individual online college courses is the key to earning more academic income from a computer than in a physical college or university classroom. Many online university classes last only five to eight weeks. This means that it is possible to teach twice as many online classes from a computer during a calendar year than it is to teach in a physical classroom. However, it is important to still apply to college and universities that offer the sixteen week online course because the even one or two longer online courses can add significant amounts of online adjunct income.
In any event, the primary advantage of teaching online is the amount of control over the online teaching schedule permitted the online adjunct college instructor with technical skills. The online adjunct can choose to teach the students in the online college courses from any place in the world provided access to the internet is available twenty four hours a day. Further, the academic interaction with the online college students can generally occur at any time of the day or night. The combination of personal mobility and professional freedom is an unbeatable combination for an online college professor.
Ultimately, the decision to teach online for as many online bachelor degree programs and online master degree programs is a wise one for academics with the desire to gain greater control over their academic income and teaching schedules.