Join or leave a class as a co-teacher

This page is for teachers

Note: The previous version of Classroom (without the Classwork page) was deprecated and discontinued on September 4, 2019. For more information, see Classroom classes without the Classwork page.

A teacher can invite you to teach in their class as a co-teacher. Co-teachers can perform all teacher tasks once they join a class. However, primary teachers and co-teachers have different permissions in Classroom.

Some important differences are:

  • Only the primary teacher can delete a class.
  • The primary teacher can't unenroll or be removed from a class.
  • Teachers can't be muted in a class. 
  • The primary teacher owns the class Google Drive folder. After a co-teacher joins the class, the co-teacher has access to the class Google Drive folder.

Your G Suite administrator might only allow teachers from your school to join classes. If you’re having trouble being added to a class, contact your admin to update your domain's class membership settings

If you leave a class you co-teach, you can't open it again unless you're re-invited or enrolled as a student in the class.

Accept an invitation
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap Accept if you want to teach the class or tap Decline
    Note: If you're a student in the class, clicking Decline doesn't remove you from the class.


  3. (Optional) You can accept the invitation by tapping the link in the email invitation.
Leave a class

As a co-teacher, you have 2 ways to leave a class. 

From the Classes page: 

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. On the class you want to leave, tap More More and then Leave class.

    Leave class

  3. Tap Leave class again to confirm.

From the People page: 

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then People People.
  2. Next to your name, tap More More and then Leave class.
  3. Tap Leave class again to confirm.  
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