Canva for Education — All You Need to Know

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Canva for Education — an image of the Canva logo plus a graduate's hat.

In this guide to ‘Canva for Education’, you’ll find all the key information you’ll learn all about the benefits of using this popular graphic design tool in your classroom, what the eligibility criteria are, and how to get started with the tool.


What is Canva for Education?

Canva for Education is the classroom version of Canva’s easy-to-use web-based graphic design tool.

Like the main version of Canva, the classroom version can be used to create presentationsslidesposters, simple videos and a wide range of other visual assets — and it includes a large number of customizable templates for classroom settings.

Canva for Education.
Canva for Education

Teachers can use the design tools and thousands of educational templates in the tool to easily design visually attractive lesson plans, class resources and classroom decorations.

Additionally, Canva for Education integrates seamlessly with popular ‘learning management systems’ (LMS) like Schoology, Blackboard, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams.

Teachers can add Canva-based assignments to their students from within their LMS, and students can complete work and receive feedback on Canva tasks — all without leaving their regular LMS learning environment.

Some of the LMS integrations available for Canva for Education.
Teachers can use the educational version of Canva to create assignments and integrate the tool with popular LMS systems.

Canva for Education’s enormous library of over 20,000 customizable education templates can be incorporated into classroom learning activities by both teachers and students alike.

Classroom poster templates.
Canva classroom poster templates

These educational templates include:

  • 12,380+ class worksheets
  • 1,790+ classroom presentations
  • 1,300+ educational infographics
  • 2,260+ classroom posters
  • 300+ school newsletters

Who is eligible to use Canva for Education?

While Canva for Education is available in 190 countries around the world and can be used in over 130 different languages, Canva applies strict eligibility criteria to the teachers, students and educational organisations that can actually use it.

At the moment, the tool is available to certified education workers who are ‘currently active’ in primary or secondary schools. This generally means teachers in accredited schools from kindergarten to year 12 (K-12).

The full list of eligibility criteria is:

  • Certified K-12 teachers from a formally accredited school, who are currently in a teaching position
  • Certified K-12 school librarians
  • Certified K-12 learning support assistants or teachers
  • Certified K-12 curriculum specialists
  • Certified teachers at technical or vocational schools, serving primary and/or secondary students (or any equivalent)
  • Google Certified Educators (GCEs), Google Certified Trainers (GCTs), and Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) teaching at a K-12 level
  • K-12 (primary, secondary, or pre-college) schools
  • School districts
  • Departments of education
  • Other global school systems

Canva for Education is not available to homeschool educators, third-level institutions, university students, adult education institutions or non-profit organizations amongst others.

(There is however a specific Canva plan available for non-profits which is also free. You can find out more about this here.)

As for student access to Canva for Education, this is provided through invitation from the teacher’s Canva account. School students cannot sign up for an educational account directly with Canva themselves.

Student invitations are managed from within a teacher’s account settings — these let teachers invite students to use Canva via embeddable links, Google Classroom imports or email invitations.

It is important for Canva for Education teachers to know that parental consent is required before inviting a student below 13 years of age to use the platform.


How do I sign up to Canva for Education?

Getting access to Canva for Education involves a short application process. You go to the Canva for Education signup page, where you will be asked for your name and school email address.

Sign up page for Canva for Education.
Signing up for an educational account

Assuming you are a teacher, you then select ‘teacher’, and then click ‘Get verified’.

(If Canva recognises your school through your email address you may get access to the platform immediately.)

Most applicants have to upload a photo or scanned official documentation to show Canva that they are currently ‘active’ as a primary or secondary teacher.

The following documents are accepted for verification purposes:

  • a license or teaching certification
  • a letter of employment at a school
  • a school ID indicating teaching status
  • Google Certified Educator or Google Certified Trainer certification
  • a government document that formally recognises a school as an accredited primary or secondary educational institution.

Once your application has been submitted, your application will be reviewed by the Canva for Education team within seven days. When your teaching status has been verified, you will receive an email with an access link to your Canva for Education account.

You can learn more about signing up to Canva for Education as a teacher in the video below.


Is Canva for Education free?

Yes — Canva for Education is entirely free for eligible applicants (including their students). Eligible applicants, as discussed above, are certified education workers who are ‘currently active’ in primary or secondary schools.

Canva for Education home page.
So long as you’re eligible, Canva is 100% free for teachers and students

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, you can always experiment with the normal version of Canva by signing up for a ‘Canva Free’ account. This cut-down version of the tool includes a generous set of 250,000+ design templates, 1+ million stock assets, and it comes with 5GB of cloud storage for your designs.

However, in order to avail of the full suite of Canva tools, you would be better off investing in a ‘Canva Pro’ account.

This is the fully-fledged version of Canva, which — for $12.99 a month — gives you 610,000+ templates, 4+ million stock assets, as well as all of Canva’s editing features (background removal, magic resize tool, customized exports), brand design tools and 1TB of cloud storage.

Try Canva Pro for free – for 45 days

Canva are currently making a 45-day free trial of Canva Pro available to Style Factory readers. This gives you full access to all the Canva Pro features and assets for several weeks, and lets you export all your designs too. You can access this extended trial by clicking here — but please note that this offer will be available for a limited period only.

You can find out more about the differences between the free Canva plan and Canva Pro in our full Canva Pro vs Free comparison.


What’s the difference between Canva for Education and Canva Pro?

In terms of design templates, editing features and stock imagery assets, Canva for Education and Canva Pro are identical in every way. And just to be clear, this means that on a Canva Pro account, you can access all of the education-based templates in the Canva template library.

The key differences between Canva for Education and Canva Pro are:

  • Price: Canva for Education is entirely free, whereas Canva Pro costs $12.99 per month.
  • User numbers: Canva Pro can only be used by an individual user. A Canva for Education account permits up to 500 users per account.
  • Cloud storage: Canva Pro provides significantly more storage — 1TB per account; with Canva for Education, storage is capped at 100GB.
  • Free trials: There is no free trial version of Canva for Education. By contrast, Canva Pro comes with a standard 30-day free trial (or a 45-day one if you use this link).
  • Access to certain education features: Canva for Education includes additional educational add-ons, including full integrations with several leading learning management software apps as well as the ability to create and manage ‘class spaces’.

The table below highlights the full set of differences between the two versions of the tool.

FeatureCanva for EducationCanva Pro
CostFree$12.99 per month
Users5001
Templates610,000+610,000+
Images, video and audio4+ million4+ million
Cloud storage100GB1TB
Magic Resize toolYesYes
Custom templatesYesYes
Brand kit featureYesYes
Social schedulingYesYes
Free trial lengthNo free trial availableFree for 45 days (note: this offer is available for a limited time only)
Class spacesYesNo
LMS integrationsYesNo
Official Canva Teachers Community Facebook groupYesNo
SupportSupport emails answered within 48 hoursSupport emails answered within 24 hours

Can designs created in Canva for Education be used for commercial purposes?

Regular users of Canva’s paid-for services — Canva Pro and Canva for Teams — can use Canva designs for certain commercial purposes such as book covers, online publications and print posters. (A full list of permitted commercial uses is available here)

However, this is not the case with Canva for Education. Any designs created with it can be used for educational purposes only.

Canva’s license agreement states:

“Canva for Education Users may only use Pro Stock Media for non-commercial purposes. Any commercial uses listed above are not permitted for Canva for Education Users.”

Canva — One Design Use License Agreement

What is Canva’s ‘Education Creators’ program?

Canva’s ‘Education Creators’ program is an initiative that encourages (and pays!) teachers who create customizable educational templates on Canva.

When a participating teacher submits a template to the scheme, it undergoes a review by the Canva team; and if it passes, it gets added to Canva’s template library.

The Canva Education Creators program.
The Canva Education Creators program

Participating Canva for Education teachers receive monthly royalty payments for their education templates based on the number of Pro templates they create, and how often these Canva templates are used by the wider Canva userbase.

This scheme — which is part of the broader ‘Canva Creators’ program — is currently in BETA, and can only be joined if your application is accepted by Canva’s onbording team.

You can submit your application to be a Canva Education Creator here.


Where can I get help with Canva for Education?

In addition to the full set of standard Canva help materials in the Canva help center, Canva provides specific resources to help teachers use the educational version of the tool.

These include a set of 21 excellent tutorial videos on how to use Canva for Education to create engaging classroom activities such as student brainstorming sessions, student presentations and building class relationships.

Canva for Education video tutorials.
Video tutorials for the educational version of Canva

Canva also provides a very useful resource for teachers called the ‘Back to School Design Playbook’.

This interactive document includes a set of extremely handy shortcut links to educational materials in Canva.

Quick links to teaching resources in the 'Back to School Design playbook'.
Quick links to teaching resources in the ‘Back to School Design playbook’

Additionally, the playbook document provides teachers with various alphanumeric codes that can be entered into the Canva asset library — these codes call up educational graphics such as ‘rewards and affirmation’ stickers, ‘classroom avatars’ and ‘virtual classroom’ imagery.

An image showing a short-cut code in the 'Back to School Design Playbook'.
Teachers can use the codes provided in the ‘Back to School Design Playbook’ to quickly source educational assets from the millions of graphics available within the Canva Elements library

For support and advice from other teaching professional, educators can also make use of the official ‘Canva Teachers Community’ group on Facebook.

Finally, if you need general technical support with the platform, you can contact Canva via email — education queries are usually answered within 48 hours.


Where can I learn more about Canva?

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