What Is an Instructional Coordinator?

Research what it takes to become an instructional coordinator. Learn about degree programs, licensure requirements and salary information to find out if this is the career for you. Schools offering Education Curriculum & Instruction degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Does an Instructional Coordinator Do?

Instructional coordinators guide the curriculum taught at schools. They are responsible for creating learning material that follows teaching standards, and then working closely with principals and teachers to implement the new material. Often instructional coordinators will go back and evaluate the material once it is implemented to see how effective it is with the students. Instructional coordinators also examine testing data, provide teacher trainings and workshops, recommend new technologies in the classroom and review possible learning materials. These professionals work to support teachers and may provide mentoring opportunities and discuss curriculum and implementation with the teachers. The following table provides some basic information for this career:

Degree Required Master's degree
Education Field of Study Curriculum and instruction OR educational technology
Key Responsibilities Plan curricula, train teachers, address students' needs
Licensure Teaching license or school administrator's license
Job Growth (2014-24) 7%*
Average Salary (2015) $64,870*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Is the Role of an Instructional Coordinator?

An instructional coordinator is a school employee who helps to plan curricula, train teachers and address students' needs throughout the learning process. He or she also helps teachers to understand and implement curriculum changes when state standards change. Other titles for instructional coordinators include curriculum director, curriculum and instruction director or curriculum specialist, according to the Occupational Information Network (www.onetonline.org).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that in elementary and secondary schools, these individuals may focus on specific subjects (www.bls.gov). These individuals may teach students, review educational materials and monitor teachers' use of technology in the classroom to ensure that it's used in the most beneficial way.

What Degrees Might Be Useful?

The BLS notes that for most instructional coordinator positions, a master's degree is required. Master of Education degree programs in curriculum and instruction or in educational technology are among your options. In these programs, you can expect to take classes in analysis and design of instructional systems and the psychology of learning. You can specialize in a specific subject, like reading, mathematics or science, or you could work with a specific student group, like students in special education programs. Some such programs may be available online, while many others are campus-based. Online degree programs include video delivery and online content management systems, like Blackboard. E-mail and other digital delivery methods may be used as well.

How Do I Obtain Licensure?

To work as an instructional coordinator, you'll need a teaching license or a school administrator's license. A teaching license can usually be earned after completing a bachelor's degree program in education or in the subject you wish to teach. You'll then need to complete a teacher training program, known as teacher certification. If you need a school administrator's license, then you'll need to complete a master's degree program, such as the ones discussed above. In either case, you'll likely need to take continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with trends in education and to keep your license.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

There are a few related alternative careers that require a master's degree, including librarians, school principals and career counselors. Librarians could work in a school setting, or any other type of library. They are responsible for helping individuals find resources and other information that they are looking for. Principals may work at elementary, middle or high schools to oversee the students and staff and ensure that they provide students with a safe learning environment. Career counselors work in schools to help students prepare for life post-graduation, whether that be preparing for a certain career or pursuing higher education.

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