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Description: what do they do?
Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.
Also known as:
Curriculum Director, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Specialist, Instructional Systems Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator, Education Specialist, School Standards Coach, Curriculum and Instruction Director, Program Administrator, Curriculum and Assessment Director

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    Transcript: Shaping a student’s education begins with a plan. What subjects will be taught? How will teachers communicate concepts and structure lessons? What measures will demonstrate that students have learned? Instructional coordinators oversee the answers to these questions, as they plan school curriculum and teaching standards. School boards, states, and federal regulations establish educational plans and teaching techniques for schools to put into practice. Instructional coordinators lead the effort to turn those plans into reality for each teacher, in every classroom. Instructional coordinators visit schools in their district to teach classes, observe teachers, and meet with principals to assess the effectiveness of curriculum. They train teachers on new methods, such as incorporating technology into lesson planning. When a district receives new standards, instructional coordinators ensure that teachers understand the new standards and how to achieve them. Some specialize in particular grade levels or subjects, special education, or English Language Learner programs. Instructional coordinators generally work full time, year-round. They spend most of their time in offices, and may do site visits. Most work in K-12 schools, colleges, government, and educational support services. Instructional coordinators need a master’s degree, usually in curriculum and instruction or education, along with several years of related work experience, such as teaching or school administration. Coordinators in public schools may need a state-issued license, such as a teaching license or an education administrator license.
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Outlook: will there be jobs?
Image. Employment outlook for this occupation
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

This occupation is:
  • Expected to grow much faster than average


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    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

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Projected employment
United States
163,200
2016 Employment
180,400
2026 Employment
11%
Percent change
16,900
Annual projected job openings

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Typical wages

Annual wages for Instructional Coordinators in United States
LocationUnited States
10%$35,550
25%$48,450
Median$63,750
75%$82,040
90%$101,500


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Education and experience: to get started
People starting in this career usually have:
  • Master's degree
  • 5 years or more work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:

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Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
Chart. Percent of workers in this field by education level attained

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Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

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Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

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Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Evaluate performance of educational staff.
  • Train staff members.
  • Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
  • Collaborate with other agencies and institutions to coordinate educational matters.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Write grant proposals.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Organize informational materials.
  • Direct activities of subordinates.
  • Assess educational needs of students.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Inspect materials or equipment to determine need for repair or replacement.

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Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Learning Strategies - Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Instructing - Teaching people how to do something.
  • Writing - Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Active Learning - Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Time Management - Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Service Orientation - Looking for ways to help people.

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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Information Ordering - Ordering or arranging things.
  • Category Flexibility - Grouping things in different ways.
  • Originality - Creating new and original ideas.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Fluency of Ideas - Coming up with lots of ideas.

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Interests
  • Enterprising - Occupations with Enterprising interests frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. Many involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Social - Occupations with Social interests frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Most involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative - Occupations with Investigative interests frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. They often involve research and figuring out problems mentally.

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Typical tasks
  • Observe work of teaching staff to evaluate performance and to recommend changes that could strengthen teaching skills.
  • Plan and conduct teacher training programs and conferences dealing with new classroom procedures, instructional materials and equipment, and teaching aids.
  • Interpret and enforce provisions of state education codes and rules and regulations of state education boards.
  • Conduct or participate in workshops, committees, and conferences designed to promote the intellectual, social, and physical welfare of students.
  • Advise teaching and administrative staff in curriculum development, use of materials and equipment, and implementation of state and federal programs and procedures.
  • Confer with members of educational committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, individual student needs, and occupational areas.
  • Advise and teach students.
  • Prepare grant proposals, budgets, and program policies and goals or assist in their preparation.
  • Recommend, order, or authorize purchase of instructional materials, supplies, equipment, and visual aids designed to meet student educational needs and district standards.
  • Develop instructional materials to be used by educators and instructors.
  • Organize production and design of curriculum materials.
  • Update the content of educational programs to ensure that students are being trained with equipment and processes that are technologically current.
  • Address public audiences to explain program objectives and to elicit support.
  • Research, evaluate, and prepare recommendations on curricula, instructional methods, and materials for school systems.
  • Develop tests, questionnaires, and procedures that measure the effectiveness of curricula and use these tools to determine whether program objectives are being met.
  • Prepare or approve manuals, guidelines, and reports on state educational policies and practices for distribution to school districts.
  • Coordinate activities of workers engaged in cataloging, distributing, and maintaining educational materials and equipment in curriculum libraries and laboratories.
  • Develop classroom-based and distance learning training courses, using needs assessments and skill level analyses.
  • Inspect instructional equipment to determine if repairs are needed and authorize necessary repairs.

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