Classroom accounts for Adobe Express

Learn about classroom accounts for Adobe Express and how to manage these accounts in the Adobe Admin Console.

The classroom account feature described in this article is currently available only for selected K12 teachers in the United States. Visit this link to check eligibility, create a new classroom account, or sign in to an existing one.

School/district and classroom accounts

There are two ways for K12 education users to access Adobe Express for Education: school/district accounts and classroom accounts. IT Administrators can create school/district accounts, and teachers can create classroom accounts.

Both account types give users access to free premium features and include educational privacy protections, like safe search functionality.

Read education privacy policies.

School/district accounts

With a school/district account, an IT administrator deploys named user licenses of Adobe Express, All Apps, or other Adobe products to students, teachers, and faculty across the school/district. For more information, see the Education deployment guide or visit this site to deploy licenses across your district.

They manage accounts through the Adobe Admin Console.

Classroom accounts

Classroom accounts help teachers and students get access to Adobe Express without needing support from their IT Administrator. Teachers can create classroom accounts for themselves and invite students to create their own classroom accounts. To be eligible for a classroom account, a teacher must:

  • Be using Google Workspace for Education as the identity provider (IdP).
  • Be a verified K-12 teacher in the United States.

If your school or district has both district accounts and classroom accounts, they will all be housed inside your district or school organization. School/district and classroom accounts are separate account types that can exist in the same domains and organizations. At an organization level, an admin can see both account types. At the user level, a teacher or student can have both account types - they would sign in to each account separately. Also, projects in one account are not accessible in the other account. Students and teachers with just one account type would use that one account.

  • School/district accounts and classroom accounts both give Adobe Express for Education to teachers and students.
  • Both account types follow Adobe’s education privacy policies and include protections for students, like safe search functionality.
  • Admins can control access to both types of accounts. In the Adobe Admin Console, admins are able to turn off the classroom account option for teachers.

Account Management and Deployment

  • Classroom accounts are designed to be set up and managed by teachers.
  • School/district accounts are managed and deployed by admins. Teachers cannot set up and manage school/district accounts. For more information, see the Education deployment guide.

Access to Classroom Manager

  • Classroom accounts give teachers access to the Classroom Manager to invite students to join Adobe Express and manage student work. 
  • School/district accounts do not give teachers access to the Classroom Manager, do not allow teachers to add students to Adobe Express, and teachers cannot view all student work in one interface. School/district accounts allow users to access Adobe Express for project creation, they do not give teachers any classroom account management abilities.

Benefits of classroom accounts

Classroom accounts are a great option for teachers, schools, and districts who are looking to get started at the classroom level quickly.

Classroom accounts might be a great fit for your classroom, school/district if you are looking to:

  • Let teachers own and manage their own classroom Adobe Express experience.
  • Set up classrooms quickly without requiring IT admin time and technical support.
  • Start classroom pilots before giving Adobe Express to a whole school/district.

With classroom accounts, teachers can:

  • Set up classrooms for all their classes.
  • Invite students to join each classroom with a class code and create their own student classroom accounts.
  • Manage classrooms and student work from the Classroom Manager.

For more information on the classroom account experience, see the Getting Started Guide for teachers.

Manage classroom accounts

Classroom accounts for Adobe Express are only available to education users, specifically teachers and students in educational institutions. Teachers are able to set up classroom accounts for themselves, set up a classroom, and invite their students to join it using a class code. Using the class code enables a student to create a student classroom account to access Adobe Express using their Google Workspace for Education account. If needed, Adobe will automatically provision an Adobe organization to give the teacher and student accounts an organizational structure.

As an admin of your school or district account, follow this procedure to manage your classroom accounts:

  1. In the Admin Console, navigate to Settings > Identity.

  2. Click the directory that you want to manage and then click Settings.

    You are taken to the Directory Settings screen.

    Directory settings


    The above options (for Teacher Access Policy and Just-in-time User Provisioning) will only display on the Directory Settings screen, if your market segment is set to EDU.

  3. If you do not want teachers to create classrooms in your district, turn off the Teacher Access Policy option. Disabling this setting will prevent teachers from creating new classrooms for users in this directory, or who have email addresses in domains claimed within this directory.


    Turning off Teacher Access Policy will not remove any existing classrooms teachers have already created. Once you have disabled new classroom account creation, if you need classroom accounts deleted, contact Adobe Customer Care by navigating to the Support tab in the Admin Console. Learn more about your support options.

After turning off Teacher Access Policy, you will receive the following notification:

Teacher Access Policy for [your directory name] has been turned off.

If your school/district is new to Adobe, and a few teachers have signed up with classroom accounts, you can choose to keep those accounts while also claiming an Admin Console for you to manage your entire school/district. If teachers in your school/district set up accounts that you do not want in your school/district, you have the option to claim an Adobe console, turn off the classroom account functionality for teachers, and then request Adobe Customer Care to remove those accounts.

To get started claiming your Admin Console and domain, read the Education deployment guide.

District administrators are now able to permit teacher and student sharing from Adobe Express for Education classroom accounts from the Adobe Admin Console. If you want to be able to share from your classroom account but are not currently able to share, check with your administrator to have them enable sharing from the Adobe Admin Console. Learn more about how to share and publish Adobe Express projects once sharing is enabled.

View and moderate student work

Classroom Manager gives you the capability to view and moderate your students’ Adobe Express and Premiere Rush projects. This allows you to check students’ progress, view their final projects, and moderate material as you see fit. 

For Adobe Express, projects are displayed in full. For Adobe Premiere Rush, you can view the component assets, meaning the files that make up the Premiere Rush video projects. Keep in mind that if you choose to delete any component asset of the project, it may impact the rest of the project by removing the source file. The students will still be able to edit the project, but the specific asset will be removed from the Creative Cloud stored version. The asset may remain as a local copy on the student’s mobile or desktop device.

Manage students in a class

Teachers and students with Adobe Express classroom accounts in districts that have not registered their school/district email domain with Adobe will be unable to share Adobe Express projects.


If the students also have accounts provided by IT administrators (district accounts) in addition to the classroom account they get by joining your classroom, then the projects they create in one will not be present in the other.

Adding students to a class

There are three ways to add students to your class:

You can import students directly from your Google Classroom classes in Classroom Manager.

  1. Inside Classroom Manager, select a class and find the Google Classroom Import button at the top righthand corner of the browser.

    Import a roster

  2. After authenticating via Google and granting Adobe access to your Google account, you can select a class and choose the students from the Google Classroom roster to be added to the classroom in Classroom Manager. 

    These students get an email and a notification in their Google Classroom accounts to join your classroom and they must accept the invitation to join the classroom.

  3. If the students in your Google Classroom roster change, simply re-import the updated roster to reflect the changes in Classroom Manager.

    You will not have to re-invite active students. Students who have already activated their Adobe Express accounts will still be able to join through the invitation you sent them previously.

  4. If you import a new roster through Google Classroom, and there are students in Classroom Manager that are no longer in your class in Google Classroom, you can choose to remove them from Classroom Manager.

    If the student is not a member of another classroom in your school and you remove them from Classroom Manager, their projects will be permanently deleted. If the student has a district account set up by the IT Administrator, that account will stay active.

    If you wish to delete it, contact your administrator on the Adobe Admin Console. This article describes how to remove individual users as a member of an organization, and this article describes how to remove directory users.

At the upper-right side of the Classroom Manager, you will see a customized link to the selected classroom to share with your students. Students can sign in with Google and access Adobe Express by visiting the classroom link directly. 

At the upper-right side of the Classroom Manager, there is a class code that’s unique to each of your classes. They can enter that code on and will be prompted to sign in with their Google account to access their new Adobe Express account.

You can also share the unique URL listed on the upper-right side of the Classroom Manager, which auto-populates the class code, so students won’t need to fill it in.

Removing students

If you no longer want an invited student to join your classroom, do the following:

  1. In the list of invited students, click   to the right of the student's name and select Remove.

  2. Click Continue. And, then click Remove.

To invite the removed students to the classroom again, you must reimport them from the Google Classroom roster.

Resending an invite

If the student has not accepted the invite, you can resend the invite to the specific student.

  1. In the list of invited students, click   to the right of the student's name and select Resend Invite.

  2. Select how you want to notify the user and then click Yes, Resend.

Refreshing the class code

You can refresh the class code to ensure that only certain students can enter your classroom. If you refresh the class code, be sure to share the new link with all students with pending invitations. 

Refresh code

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