College Instructor

College instructors teach applied arts, academic, technical and vocational subjects to students at community colleges, technical and vocational institutes and language schools.

NOC Code: 4021

Job Duties

College instructors teach applied arts, academic, technical and vocational subjects to students at community colleges, technical and vocational institutes and language schools. You may also develop courses and/or deliver training for private training companies, community agencies, language schools or government agencies. You may specialize in a particular field of study.

Generally, college instructors:

  • Teach and supervise students using lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory workshop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects.
  • Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and course outlines.
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate students' progress.
  • Provide consultation services to government, business or other organizations.

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Job Requirements

Education

This job requires: College or University

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Experience

This job requires 2 - 5 years of work experience.

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Essential Skills

As a college instructor, you need to:

  • Speak, read and write English.
  • Have up-to-date knowledge in your area of expertise.
  • Understand current learning theories.
  • Prepare and plan course outlines, including learning objectives and evaluation criteria.
  • Use word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, internet, and email software.
  • Use software such as Blackboard or WebCT to post lecture notes, assignments and supplementary material for students.

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Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with students and co-workers. You need to develop written and oral learning materials and instruct, mentor and counsel students. You also need to interact with colleagues, including other instructors, supervisors and administrative staff.

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Labour Market Information

Trends

There is demand for college instructors because of the need to provide individuals with updated and specialized skills. While most opportunities arise within the educational sector, there will be opportunities in the private sector as well.

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Prospects

The work prospects for this job are: GOOD


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Wages

The work prospects for this job are: C$30.77/hour.

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Retraining

Programmes éducatifs

These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.

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Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

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Language Training

Here is a list of some language training programs:

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Work Experience Programs

Many college programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

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Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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Helpful Links

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