How do I sign up for a Canvas account as an instructor?

If you do not already have a Canvas account, you need to create an account before you can log in to Canvas.

If you are using Canvas through your institution, you will most likely already have an account and need to accept a course invitation. Your institution will email your login information. If you do not yet have an account, you can create an account when you accept the course invitation. If your institution is using Canvas and you are having trouble with your account, contact your administrator for assistance.

If your institution is not using Canvas, you can create your own account, also known as a free-for-teacher account, to create your own courses.

Note: Free-for-Teacher accounts are always free. However, they do not contain all features available to institutional users of Canvas. Learn more in the Canvas Account Comparison PDF.

Accept a Course Invitation

Accept a Course Invitation

If you've enrolled in or been invited to a Canvas course, you will receive an email that contains your institution's Canvas URL [1] and your email address to use for your login [2]. To accept the course invitation, click the Get Started button [3].

Accept Course

Accept Course

Canvas will take you to your course and ask you to accept the enrollment. Click the Accept button.

Create Canvas Account

Create Canvas Account

Click the Create My Account button.

Note: If you already have a Canvas account, click the I Have a Canvas Account button. You'll be directed to the Canvas login page.

Complete Registration

Complete Registration

Create a password [1], enter your time zone [2], and click the terms of use checkbox [3]. Then click the Register button [4].

Create Your Own Account

Create Your Own Account

Enter your Canvas registration URL (e.g. canvas.instructure.com) into your browser.

Create Canvas Account

Create Canvas Account

Click the Need a Canvas Account? Click Here, It's Free! banner.

Sign Up As a Teacher

Sign Up As a Teacher

Click the I'm a Teacher button.

Sign Up for Your Account

Sign Up for Your Account

Complete the following fields:

  1. Select your organization type
  2. Select your title
  3. Enter the name of your School/Organization
  4. Enter your name
  5. Enter your phone number
  6. Enter your institutional email address (.edu)
  7. Select your location
  8. Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox
  9. Click the Start Teaching button.

Verify Account

Verify Account

While your account is not entirely set up, you can begin participating in Canvas immediately by clicking the Get Started button.

Finish Registration

Finish Registration

To finish registering for Canvas, log into your email account. Locate the registration email and click the Click here to finish the registration process link.

Create Password

Create Password

Create a password [1] and enter your time zone [2]. If you want to receive more information from Instructure, click the I want to receive... checkbox [3]. Then click the Register button [4].