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.
  • Provide individual tutorial or remedial instruction to students who require it.
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work or hands-on training.
  • Supervise teaching assistants. 

Source: HRSDC

Job Requirements


This job requires: Post-Graduate

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
College InstructorPost-Graduate
Early Childhood Educator AssistantCollege or University
Student AdvisorCollege or University
Private TutorCollege or University


This job requires 2 - 5 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
College Instructor2 - 5
Early Childhood Educator Assistant0 - 2
Student Advisor2 - 5
Private Tutor2 - 5

Source: HRSDC

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.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

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.

Labour Market Information


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. However, with recent changes in government spending, the demand for continuing education services and attendance rate of young people, the number of college instructors is expected to slightly decrease over the next few years. 


The work prospects for this job are: FAIR

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
College InstructorFair
Early Childhood Educator AssistantGood
Student AdvisorFair
Private TutorNo Data


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$32.31/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
College Instructor$32.31
Early Childhood Educator Assistant$16.41
Student Advisor$30.00
Private Tutor$0.00

Source: Job Bank


Educational Programs

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.

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.

Language Training

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Work Experience Programs

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

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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