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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.

Notes:

  • 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.
  • Once you create an account, you can request to delete your account at any time. Deleting your Canvas account cannot be undone and will delete all Canvas information including courses, assignments, grades, and participation. Do not request to have your account deleted unless you are certain you absolutely no longer require any access to your prior Canvas activity. To request to have your account deleted, open the Help menu and submit a ticket to Canvas support through the Report a Problem link.

Accept Course Invitation

Accept 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 acceptable use policy agreement 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

Click the Try Canvas Free link.

Sign Up As a Teacher

Select Teacher Account Type

Click the I'm a Teacher link.

Sign Up for Your Account

Sign Up for Your Account

To sign up for a free Canvas teacher account, enter your first and last name [1], information about your institution [2], and your institutional email address and phone number [3]. Select a reason for signing up for Canvas in the Why Canvas drop-down menu [4], and specify the country from which you are requesting the account [5]. Then click the Submit button [6].

Create Password

Create Password

Create a password for your account [1], and confirm your chosen password [2]. Then click the Submit button [3].

View Additional Resources

While your request for a free Canvas teacher account is reviewed, you can view additional resources and information about Canvas.

Finish Registration

To finish registering for Canvas, log into your email account. Locate the registration email and click the Login Now button.