It's rare to find a job that doesn't require some computer skills. Even fast-food jobs require cashiers to ring up orders using a computer. Truck drivers can't even escape the need of these skills, as most semi-trucks now contain advanced computer systems. The need for computer classes is on the rise. If you have a degree in computer science or information technology, you may want to share your skills. The following steps will help you teach a computer class that suits the needs of your students.

Choose a topic. There are so many topics to choose from when teaching a computer class. You may want to teach a computer basics class or an Excel course. Narrowing your class to one topic makes the class easier to teach and learn. To help you choose a good topic, take a close look at your community. The available career fields should push you in the right direction.

Write a thorough description of the class. Vague descriptions can make students feel uneasy about taking a class. A thorough description will tell students exactly what the course will cover as well as when the class will take place. You will also need to include a list of any materials the student may need.

Contact your local community college. A community college is a wonderful place to teach a computer class. Most colleges allow anyone age 18 and older to take personal enrichment courses. Of course, you'll want to have all your information ready before making the call, including an idea of what you'd like to be paid.

Teach the class during convenient hours. Students that will be taking a computer class usually have jobs. This means they need hours that are convenient for them. Evening hours starting at 5:30 allow people to attend the class after work. You may also want to consider teaching the class on Saturdays.

Keep the material true to the topic. One of the biggest problems with a computer class is a disoriented instructor. Students get irritated when they take a computer class that has information that is too hard or too easy. For example, students taking a hardware class already know computer basics. On the other hand, students taking a course about computer basics would be intimidated if you started the class by asking them to defrag the hard drive.


  • Pay close attention to your students, and what they can and cannot handle.


  • Courses that deal with computer basics are always a great choice.