Teaching online/DL from outside the U.S. possible?

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by catlin0915, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. catlin0915

    catlin0915 New Member

    I currently work in Asia and working towards my masters as I type this. I am an American citizen, but would like to know if schools care where you live when applying to teach online. Would I need to be living in the States or would it be ok to teach from a place like the Philippines? The cost of living there isn't demanding, and having an online job teaching would cover a lot of the day to day needs extra for other things.
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    If you're a citizen, it shouldn't be a deal breaker since there wouldn't be anything special U.S. schools would have to do for tax reporting. Some U.S. schools won't contract with foreign nationals living abroad, although I'm not sure there's any legal reason why they can't.

    The bigger problem is that if you're working towards your Master's it suggests you don't have one as yet, which will be a deal breaker for most schools, other than perhaps for remedial or non-credit courses. These days even Master's degree holders are finding it increasingly difficult to get online adjunct contracts.
  3. catlin0915

    catlin0915 New Member

    Good to know.

    Thanks Steve. I wasn't planning on applying for anything till I finished, but was curious if it was even possible. I may try my hand at working on site at a few Asian universities which only require a masters from an English speaking country to start. Hopefully this will get me some experience and maybe more opportunities if others don't present themselves.
  4. TomE

    TomE New Member

    I don't think that many institutions would care too much as long as grades were submitted on time, normal participation in discussions, etc., although I could see hiring officials looking up internet speeds in some locations to get an idea of the capabilities or shortcomings of the internet infrastructure in countries outside of the U.S. As much as I would love to spend some time exploring Manila and Cebu, I have read up on the internet speeds in the Philippines and am a bit concerned that I wouldn't be able to get work done to the same capacity that I am accustomed to. I can't guarantee that this is something that hiring officials would look into, but it wouldn't seem to unreasonable to me.

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