How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a parent?

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 tutorial is for parents who do not have a Canvas account and want to observe a student in their course(s). In order to create a Canvas account, you will need to navigate to Syracuse Arts Academy's Canvas Parent Login page.

If you already have an account from Syracuse Arts Academy, log in to Canvas using the credentials given to you.

- If you are an observer and want to generate a pairing code for a student, you will need to log in to the student’s Canvas account and follow the steps in this lesson. After you have copied the pairing code, you can link to the student by entering the code in your User Settings.

- Pairing codes can only be generated from the web version of Canvas. Pairing codes cannot be generated from the Canvas mobile apps.

Canvas Video Tutorial

Canvas Written Instructions

Open Canvas URL

parent canvas url
In a browser window, enter the SAA Parent Canvas URL (

Alternatively, you could navigate to the SAA website―>For Parents Tab―>Canvas.

screenshot of canvas parent login location

Create Canvas Account

create a canvas parent account

Click the "Click Here for an Account?" link to create a new parent account.

Enter Signup Details

enter parent details to sign up

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.  Alternatively, teachers and administrators can also generate pairing codes.

Begin Observing

Begin Observing
You can begin observing your student in Canvas immediately.

Learn how to observe additional students in your account.

Learn how to modify your Canvas notification preferences.