Join or leave a class as a co-teacher

This article is for teachers

A teacher can invite you to teach in their class as a co-teacher. Co-teachers can perform all teacher tasks after 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 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. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click Accept if you want to teach the class or click Decline
    Note: If you're a student in the class, clicking Decline doesn't remove you from the class.

    Click Accept

  3. (Optional) You can accept the invitation by clicking 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. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. On the class you want to leave, click More More and then Leave class.
    Leave a class
  3. Click Leave class again to confirm.

From the People page:

  1. Across from your name, click More More and then Leave Class.
    Leave class
  2. Click Leave Class again to confirm.

Share files with the primary teacher before leaving a class

In the class Drive folder, the primary teacher can access all the files you created in the class. If you want to share other files, such as notes or an attendance sheet, you can add them to the class Drive folder.
Only teachers and co-teachers can view the files or folders you add to the class Drive folder. Students can’t view the files or folders unless you share them.
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. On the class card, click Open folder Open folder.
  3. In the top-left corner, click New and then select an option:
    • Folder—To add a new folder to the class Drive for your files.
    • File upload—To upload a previously created file.
    • Folder upload—To upload a previously created folder.

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