If you're thinking of transitioning from the business world into the classroom, you may not need a master's degree. It is sometimes possible to transition an associate or bachelor's degree, plus professional experience, into a role in teaching. Here are seven ways:
1. Work as an online tutor.
As online courses have grown in number, so have online tutoring services, both private and public. Tutors are needed at the K-12 and college level, and these positions can be found with private tutoring services, school districts, community colleges, or public and private colleges. Unlike many formal online teaching jobs, which often require graduate degrees, online tutoring mainly requires a college degree (associate or bachelor's is often sufficient) and professional experience. Some teaching experience may be preferred, depending on your background.
2. Teach for corporate America.
You don't have to be an online teacher to teach what you know. In your line of work, with your level of experience in highly respected companies, it's possible to work as a training specialist. There's no specific route for finding such positions, and they're generally found by word of mouth. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, management and finance (your areas of expertise) are two subjects that employers increasingly prefer applicants be familiar with. This is also a position that is expected to grow quite rapidly in the coming years. It's possible to conduct training sessions online.
3. Teach for the greater good.
If gaining experience and the personal satisfaction of giving back are enough compensation for you, consider teaching in the nonprofit realm. University of the People and Khan Academy are just two such organizations, which need volunteer professionals to fill numerous online teaching jobs.
4. Offer workshops in your community.
Surely, after all those years in management at major corporations, you have a few valuable insights to share. Why wait for schools to hire you? Make your own opportunities. You could start your own company offering online training or seminars. Or you could offer your services in workshop form at local community colleges, cooperative extensions, small business development organizations, city or county parks and recreation departments, community centers, senior centers, or libraries. Pitch some specific ideas, or offer your services for workshops they may already offer and need teachers for. Generally, these involve small stipends, but you never know where such opportunities could lead.
5. Teach abroad.
Learning English is important in many countries around the world. If you speak English, have a college degree, and have access to the necessary technology, you might be able to earn a spot as an online teacher of English as a Second Language.
6. Go ahead and apply anyway.
Go to individual online college and university websites to see what their specific requirements for hiring teachers are, and apply anyway. If you have a certain level of professional experience along with a bachelor's degree, that may be enough for some schools to waive their requirements in your favor.