According to the American Association of Community Colleges, approximately half of the students receiving a bachelor's degree received part of their education at a community college. Some completed their first two years at a community college while others used these schools to pick up courses during summer or semester breaks. As a college teacher you can find a rewarding career at a community college if you have a master's degree and know how to teach.

Have a master's degree in a general or technical subject. Community colleges specialize in preparing students with the general education credits they need to transfer to a four-year school as well as providing technical training for students ready to enter the workforce in a skilled trade. To get a teaching position at a community college you need a master's degree in a specific technical field such as automotive, welding or diesel mechanics, or you need your degree in a general academic area such as English, math or speech communication.

Obtain experience teaching. The majority of time spent as an instructor at a community college is in the classroom as most teachers are expected to teach heavy course loads, and few opportunities exist for research. For this reason most two-year schools look for instructors with previous teaching experience as a faculty member or adjunct instructor at another higher education institution. If you obtained teaching experience serving as a graduate teaching assistant while working toward your master's degree, include this as well as most consider it valid teaching experience.

Complete the application process. Each community college has their own application and hiring process for instructors. In general most ask you to provide a cover letter and resume detailing your experience. You should also be prepared to provide references, sample course syllabi and official transcripts showing proof of your master's degree. Most campuses do a phone interview with prospective instructors before bringing them on campus where they may require them to do a teaching presentation for the hiring committee.

Prepare for small class sizes. One of the advantages of community colleges is that they tend to have smaller class sizes than large colleges and universities. This can work to your advantage as it allows you to get to know each student on a personal level and provide better one-on-one assistance to students to help them do well in your classes.

Know the student population. Community colleges generally consist of non-traditional students and traditional-aged freshmen and sophomore college students who may not be academically ready to attend a four-year institution. It is important that you understand these two major segments of students as they will make up the majority of students in your classroom. Each group has different needs and expectations for your class and their entire community college experience.

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Allison Dodge has been a writer since 2005, specializing in education, careers, health and travel. She has worked at educational institutions for more than 10 years. Dodge has a master's degree in education administration.