1. Don't Waste Any Time
Remember, in order to consider a class for our schedule, we must plan ahead. The deadlines
to have your course proposals in for review are listed below:
Deadline for course paperwork: September 15th
Classes held January thru May
Deadline for course paperwork: February 15th
Classes held June thru August
Deadline for course paperwork: May 15th
Classes held September thru December
As you can see we plan our classes far in advance of the actual class dates. Plan Ahead! If we do not have your course proposal in by the deadline we will consider it for
the next term available.
2. Print the 3 PDF files listed below.
Read the General Information for Teaching Community Education (CE) Offerings Form
about teaching a class. This will help you get an idea of what teaching for Community
Education (CE) is like. If you are still interested in teaching for us, print out
the One Page Application Form and the Course Proposal Form.
General Information for Teaching Community Education (CE) Offerings
One Page Application Form
Class Proposal Form
3. Plan ahead and think about the following:
- Decide which class(es) you would like to teach.
- Think about the age of the students for your class. This is especially important
if you are teaching children.
- Decide what you would like the student learning outcomes for the class to be (i.e.
what information they will learn, what they will learn to do, what project they would
- Plan the number of times the class would need to meet (sessions) to meet your desired
outcomes for your students. Do not plan a class that will need too many sessions.
It is hard to get students to commit to a long-term class and the more sessions your
class meets, the higher the fee we need to charge for the class. You might be able
to break a long class into beginning/intermediate or a I/II classes. (If in doubt,
put what you think would be required and then when you come in for an interview, our
staff can help you come up with a good class length)
- Decide how many hours each class session will be. Remember the more sessions and
hours the class meets, the more we must charge for the class. If the class time is
too long, then the fees for the class might be too high to get enough enrollment for
the class to be held. You might be able to break a long class into a Beginning and
Intermediate or list a I and II to help keep the number of sessions and hours down
- Look at your schedule and decide what days of the week would be best for you to teach
your class, for example, Saturday classes, or Wednesday evenings. When you meet with
our Community Education Specialist, it would be good to know the days and times you
would be available to teach.
- If you are proposing a craft or hands-on class, be prepared to bring a sample of the
item that will be made to the interview with our office staff. If the actual sample
is not practical to bring in, bring pictures of the project that the students would
- If duplicating books or handouts are required, please bring a sample copy to your
interview. If a material fee is required, please bring either a detailed description
of the materials provided for the fee or actual samples.
- What is the maximum number of students you could teach (be reasonable)? What is the
minimum number of students?
4. Fill out the Forms and Return
- Print out the above .PDF files and fill them out.
- We receive several course proposals each semester. Some proposals are incomplete and
even though the course may sound interesting, we may not have to time to try to figure
out what you might have meant in the spaces that were left blank. If you aren't sure
about some of the questions, make a note of that on the sheet, or try your best to
answer them. We understand that you are probably not familiar with the location/rooms
available for Community Education classes, but try to answer to the best of your ability.
- Return both the Class Proposal Form and the One Page Application Form to MJC Community
Education, Community Education Specialist, 435 College Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350.
You can also include a resume, cover letter, pictures, and any other information that
might intrigue us into wanting to know more about your proposed class.
- Follow up with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 209.575.6063.