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
If you've enrolled in or been invited to a Canvas course, you will receive an email that contains your institution's Canvas URL  and your email address to use for your login . To accept the course invitation, click the Get Started button .
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.
Create Your Own Account
Enter your Canvas registration URL (e.g. canvas.instructure.com) into your browser.
Sign Up for Your Account
Complete the following fields:
- Select your organization type
- Select your title
- Enter the name of your School/Organization
- Enter your name
- Enter your phone number
- Enter your institutional email address (.edu)
- Select your location
- Click the Start Teaching button.