How does Course Hero verify educators?

We verify your educator status using a third-party service called SheerID.


SheerID checks teaching credentials by running your name, school email address, and institution against its official online database. This process is automated, so both SheerID and Course Hero never see sensitive personal information or documentation.


SheerID does not keep, sell, or share your personal information. Your information is only used to confirm your educator status. Once the verification process is complete, personal information and documentation are deleted. Learn more about SheerID’s privacy policy here.


In some cases, we may need educators to submit additional documentation to confirm their affiliation with an educational institution.


Accepted forms of documentation include:

  • School ID card (not expired)
  • Paystub (with personal information other than your name blacked out)
  • Acceptance letter or employment offer (on official school letterhead)