• Setting Up a Parent Account

    • Parents can set up their own Canvas account which will allow them to monitor their students' Canvas activities.  Below you will find instructions from the Canvas User Guides on how to do this. Before you begin these instructions, however, you will need to have your student generate a "Pairing Code".

      NOTE: A pairing code is only good for one use. Each parent or guardian will need their own pairing code.


      1. Have the student log into their Canvas Account on a computer.
      2. They will need to click the "Account" icon near the upper right of the screen.
      3. They need to click the "Settings" link.
      4. Finally, look on the lower right edge of the screen for a button marked "Pair with Observer"
        Screen Capture of Pairing Process
    •  Signing up for a Parent Account in Canvas

      Parents can sign up as an observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.

      This lesson is for parents who do not have a Canvas account and want to observe their students in their courses. In order to create a Canvas account, you will need the Canvas URL associated with the institution where your student is enrolled. If you do not know your institution's Canvas URL, contact the institution.

      If you already have an account from your student's institution, log in to Canvas using the credentials given to you.


      • If the registration banner is not available in the login page, the institution has not enabled this feature. Please contact your student's institution for assistance. The registration banner is enabled through Canvas authentication.
      • To observe a student, you must have a student pairing code.
      • Once you have an account, you may be able to view student information through the Canvas Parent app. Access to the Canvas Parent app is controlled by the student's institution. If you already have an account from your student's institution as an observer, you can always view student information through the Canvas Parent app.

      Open Canvas URL

      Create Canvas Account

      Create Canvas Account

      Click the Need a Canvas Account? link.


      Click the Parents sign up here link.

      Enter Signup Details

      Enter Signup Details

      Enter the following information:

      1. Enter your name in the Your Name field.
      2. Enter your email in the Your Email field.
      3. Enter your password in the Password field.
      4. Re-enter your password in the Re-enter Password field.
      5. Enter a paring code to link your account to your student in the Student Pairing Code field.
      6. Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.
      7. Click the Start Participating button.

      Note: Students can generate pairing codes from their User Settings. Admins and instructors may also generate pairing codes.

      Begin Observing

        Begin Observing

      You can begin observing your student in Canvas immediately.

      To add additional students to a parent account, follow this link.

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