Be the Change.

Our Tutor Educators help students crack the code to become lifelong readers.

Stay with your students until they become readers!

Tutor your students throughout their journey, celebrate daily wins, and help them unlock a lifetime of reading on their own.

Get PAID to become an expert reading tutor!

Earn $20/hour while completing our Science of Reading Teaching Certification and tutoring students. Once certified, work up to 30 hours a week.

A reliable schedule that lasts the entire school year.

At Ignite, you are paired with your students for the long term. You’ll tutor each student for 15 min every day and truly bond with them while you make a huge impact.

Our application process


Submit an application
(~15 minutes)

Let us get to know you by completing our online application. All types of people make amazing tutors. We can’t wait to learn more about you!


Complete a recorded 1-sided interview
(~40 minutes)

At this stage, you get to show us you can use tech tools, demonstrate your comfort on camera, go deeper about your “Why,” and demo your amazing skills.

FAQs about becoming an Ignite Reading Tutor

How long does the tutor application and hiring process take?

You should expect to hear whether or not you will advance to the next round of our process within five business days of submitting your online application. 


If selected to advance to our on-way video interview, once you have submitted your one-way interview you can expect to receive a hiring decision within another five business days.


What’s a one-way video interview?

Our one way video interviews allow you to record your responses to a short list of questions with video using a platform called SparkHire. You can complete your one-way interview at any time with a smartphone, tablet or laptop, providing convenience and time and practice to record and submit responses that you feel truly represent your strengths.


If I don’t live in the United States, can I still work for Ignite?

Yes, we do have successful tutors living outside the US. However, tutors living outside the US must be US citizens and have a mailing address within the US.

How long does it take to become a Certified Ignite! Reading Tutor?

Our certification process takes 9 weeks to complete. The great news is that you get paid to complete the certification AND get to tutor students while you complete our incredible certification program.

Do I really get paid to become certified?

Yes, it’s true. . .you do get PAID to complete our absolutely amazing certification program.

Will I get to tutor while I complete the certification course?

Yes, all tutors will tutor up to 6 students while they work on completing their certification.

How many hours can I tutor once I am certified?

You may teach up to 30 hours a week once you have completed the Science of Reading Instruction Certification program.

Can I start the certification course, stop, and start again at a later date?

We will only consider this outcome under rare and extenuating circumstances.

Can I use my Ignite Science of Reading Teaching Certification for other opportunities?

Ignite Tutor Educators complete over 60 hours of incredible training to become highly skilled Reading tutor educators. We believe many places beyond Ignite. 

Are there other steps to start tutoring with Ignite! Reading after being offered a job?

There are no other steps beyond completing our rigorous and exceptional certification program.


Why do tutors need to complete a background check? How does it work?

Ignite! Reading works with public school districts around the country and with children whose safety is of great concern to us. In order to have the privilege to work with our amazing young people, every adult must pass a rigorous criminal background check to confirm the folks we hire will be an extraordinary force for good in the lives of the students we serve.

How long is a typical tutoring session? How long is a tutoring opportunity?

All Ignite tutoring sessions:

  • Are 15 minutes in length
  • Use a 1:1 tutor to student ratio
  • Take place every day  school is in session
  • Typically last one entire school year or semester

How many hours can I tutor per week and per year?

You can tutor up to 30 hours on average per week and no more than 1440 hours a year.

What grades can I tutor?

Ignite! Reading serves students in Pre-K through 8th grade.

How much do I get paid and how does payment work?

Ignite Tutor Educators are paid $20/hour. Tutors submit and confirm their hours on the final day of the month and are paid within 15 days.

What technology do I need to tutor?

To tutor for Ignite! Reading you’ll need a: 

  • Reliable internet connection
  • Tablet or larger (preferably a laptop or desktop computer)
  • Chrome or Safari browser
  • Computer camera 
  • Headset or earbuds with microphone and noise-canceling options

How do I learn to use Ignite tutoring tools?

Successful applicants will come to Ignite with a strong understanding of how to deliver excellent synchronous online instruction using video conferencing tools and our intuitive platforms. All tutor educators will receive ample training in how to use Ignite’s tools and platforms.