Quickstart for GitHub Educators

In about 15 minutes, teachers can get started with discounts, training, and tools for GitHub, then create a classroom for the students in a software development course using GitHub Classroom.


Educators who teach a course on software development can use discounts, partnerships, training, and tools from GitHub Education to effectively teach relevant skills to students.

In this guide, you'll get started with GitHub, sign up for accounts and discounted services through GitHub Education, and create a space for your course and assignment on GitHub Classroom.

Tip: If you're a student and you'd like to take advantage of an academic discount, see "Applying for a student developer pack."

Creating accounts on GitHub

First, you'll need to create a free user account on GitHub.

  1. Go to GitHub's Pricing page.
  2. Read the information about the different products and subscriptions that GitHub offers, then click the upgrade button under the subscription you'd like to choose.
  3. Follow the prompts to create your free user account.

After you create your user account, create a free organization account. You'll use this organization account to create and manage classrooms GitHub Classroom.

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings. Settings icon in the user bar
  2. In your user settings sidebar, click Organizations. User settings for organizations
  3. In the "Organizations" section, click New organization. Button for creating a new organization
  4. Follow the prompts to create a free organization.

For more information, see "Types of GitHub accounts."

Applying for an educator discount

Next, you'll sign up for discounts on services from GitHub. To apply for an educator or researcher discount, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Be an educator, faculty member, or researcher.
  • Have a verifiable school-issued email address.
  • Upload documents that prove your school affiliation.
  • Have a user account on GitHub.

Tip In addition to individual discounts, GitHub offers partnerships with educational institutions through the GitHub Campus Program. For more information, see the GitHub Campus Program website.

  1. Go to GitHub Education and, in the top right, click Get benefits.

  2. Under "Individuals", click Get teacher benefits. "Get teacher benefits" on GitHub Education homepage

  3. Select or add the email address you use for school. Select the email address

    Tip: Selecting a school-issued email address, if you have one, gives you the best chance of a speedy review.

  4. If prompted, upload proof of your academic status.

    • Click Use your camera to take a picture. Button to use your camera to take a picture

    • Optionally, to change the camera you want to use, use the camera drop-down menu. Camera drop-down menu

    • Place your valid academic ID or other proof of current academic status in the frame, then click Take photo. Take photo button

    • If you can't take a picture of your proof of academic status, to upload an image from your computer instead, click Upload image. Upload image link

      Note: PDF files are not supported, and you cannot upload them as proof of academic status.

  5. Enter your school's name. Field for your school name

  6. Describe how you plan to use GitHub. Description field for how you plan to use GitHub

  7. Verify your application details, then click Submit your information. Submit your information button

    If your application is approved, you'll receive a confirmation email. Applications are usually processed within a few days, but it may take longer during peak times, such as during the start of a new semester.

Set up GitHub Classroom

With your user account and organization account, you're ready to get started with GitHub Classroom. GitHub Classroom is free to use. You can track and manage assignments, grade work automatically, and provide feedback to your students.

  1. Sign into GitHub Classroom.

  2. To authorize GitHub Classroom to access your user account on GitHub, review the information, then click Authorize GitHub Classroom. "Authorize GitHub Classroom" button for user account

  3. Review the information. To authorize GitHub Classroom to access your organization account on GitHub, click Grant. "Grant" button for organization

    Tip: If you see a Request button instead of a Grant button, you are a member of the organization, not an owner. An owner must approve your request for GitHub Classroom. You must be an organization owner to create and manage classrooms and assignments in GitHub Classroom. For more information, see "Authorizing OAuth Apps."

  4. Click Authorize github. Click "Authorize" button for organization

Create your classroom

A classroom in GitHub Classroom is where teachers and students interact during a course. Teachers can create a student roster for the classroom, then create, assign, review, and grade assignments within the classroom.

  1. Sign into GitHub Classroom.
  2. Click Create your first classroom or New classroom.
  3. In the list of organizations, click the organization you'd like to use for your classroom. Optionally, you can create a new organization. For more information, see "Creating a new organization from scratch." Organization in list of organizations for creating new classroom
  4. Type the name for your classroom. Text field for typing name of classroom
  5. Click Create classroom. Text field for typing name of classroom

Next steps

You've created a classroom, and you're ready to enrich your course with GitHub and GitHub Classroom! 🎉

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