Frequently Asked Questions for Instructors
How do I teach a class?
- Fill out a PVCE Course Proposal and Outline (call 754-6469 to have a copy emailed to you) and either send or deliver it to the PVCE office. The program specialist will evaluate the level of interest they feel your class will generate, the courses they already offer and the time/space they have available.
Do I need to be a licensed teacher?
- No, what you need is knowledge about your subject matter and a passion to share that knowledge with your community.
How much does a community education instructor make?
- The pay rate is generally $20/hour for class time and one hour per course for prep time.
How are teachers paid?
- You will need to fill out a job application, W-4 and W-9 including two forms of identification in order to be hired and paid. After your class, you may pick payment up from the PVCE office or have payment mailed to your address.
What happens after I submit my proposal?
- Once your class proposal is received, it is forwarded to the program specialist at PVCE. The program specialist will evaluate the level of interest they feel your class will generate, the courses they already offer and the time/space they have available. They will contact you if the course fits their current program needs.
When will I hear about whether my proposal is accepted?
- If your proposed class meets their program needs, the program specialist will contact you. However, please feel free to contact PVCE at 307-754-6469 to discuss the status of your application or address any questions you may have.
What is the typical schedule for community education?
- Adult classes are typically scheduled for fall and spring quarters. Each quarter runs from 12-14 weeks. Classes may be scheduled for one evening or many, depending on what you plan to teach. Weekends are also an option. The program specialist is happy to help with planning.
What are the deadlines for submitting a class proposal?
- Fall Semester (begins late September)– Deadline July 15
- Spring Semester (begins early February) – Deadline November 15
Who determines how much the class costs?
- PVCE determines how much the class will cost students by using a formula. The formula takes into account the instructor pay, how many hours the class will run for the session, a registration fee and any supply fees, plus promotion of the class.
What if there are supplies or copies I need to teach the class?
- Once you are approved to teach, the program specialist will discuss these details with you. We make every attempt to keep our classes affordable.
Is there a minimum number of students required to hold the class?
- Yes, each class has a minimum number of students to make the class a “go.” That number will differ from class to class. The program specialist can let you know the number. In the event there are not enough students registered, the class will be cancelled.
If I am hired will there be additional forms to fill out?
- Yes, you will receive a packet of paperwork that will be required to become either a Northwest College employee or, in a rare occasion, an independent contractor. All forms will need to be completed and submitted to the program specialist prior to class. The coordinator then makes sure the paperwork reaches Human Resources for processing.