Instructional Coordinators

Summary

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Instructional coordinators work with teachers and school administrators to implement curriculums.
Quick Facts: Instructional Coordinators
2014 Median Pay $61,550 per year
$29.59 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Master's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation 5 years or more
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2014 151,100
Job Outlook, 2014-24 7% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 10,500

What Instructional Coordinators Do

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

Work Environment

Instructional coordinators work in elementary and secondary schools, and various educational institutions, such as colleges, professional schools, and educational support services. They typically work year-round.

How to Become an Instructional Coordinator

Instructional coordinators need a master’s degree and related work experience, such as teaching or school administration. Coordinators in public schools may be required to have a state-issued license.

Pay

The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $61,550 in May 2014.

Job Outlook

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as schools focus on evaluating and improving curriculums and teachers’ effectiveness.

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What Instructional Coordinators Do About this section

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Instructional coordinators need a master's degree and related work experience, such as teaching or school administration.

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

Duties

Instructional coordinators typically do the following:

  • Develop and coordinate implementation of curriculum
  • Plan, organize, and conduct teacher training conferences or workshops
  • Analyze student test data
  • Assess and discuss implementation of curriculum standards with school staff
  • Review and recommend textbooks and other educational materials
  • Recommend teaching techniques and the use of different or new technologies
  • Develop procedures for teachers to implement curriculum
  • Train teachers and other instructional staff in new content or programs
  • Mentor or coach teachers to improve their skills

Instructional coordinators evaluate the effectiveness of curriculums and teaching techniques established by school boards, states, or federal regulations. They may observe teachers in the classroom, review student test data, and interview school staff and principals about curriculums. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curriculums to school boards. They may also recommend that teachers use different teaching techniques.

Instructional coordinators may plan and conduct training for teachers related to teaching methods or the use of technology. For example, when a school district introduces new learning standards, instructional coordinators explain the new standards to teachers and demonstrate effective teaching methods to achieve them.

Instructional coordinators, also known as curriculum specialists, instructional coaches, or assistant superintendents of instruction, may specialize in particular grade levels or specific subjects. Those in elementary and secondary schools may also focus on special education or English as a second language programs.

Work Environment About this section

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Most instructional coordinators work in an office but they may also spend time traveling to schools within their school district.

Instructional coordinators held about 151,100 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most instructional coordinators were as follows:

Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 39%
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 16
Government 9
Educational support services; state, local, and private 6

Most instructional coordinators work in an office, but they also may spend part of their time traveling to schools within their school district to teach professional development classes and monitor the implementation of the curriculum.

Work Schedules

Instructional coordinators generally work full time. They typically work year-round and do not have summer breaks, unlike teachers. Coordinators may meet with teachers and other administrators before and after classroom hours.

How to Become an Instructional Coordinator About this section

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Instructional coordinators need to be able to train teachers on the newest teaching techniques and tools.

Instructional coordinators need a master’s degree and related work experience, such as teaching or school administration. Coordinators in public schools may be required to have a state-issued license.

Education

Most employers, particularly public schools, require instructional coordinators to have a master’s degree in education or curriculum and instruction. Some instructional coordinators have a degree in the field they plan to specialize in, such as math or history.

Master’s degree programs in curriculum and instruction teach about curriculum design, instructional theory, and collecting and analyzing data. To enter these programs, candidates usually need a bachelor’s degree in teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Instructional coordinators in public schools may be required to have a license, such as a teaching license or an education administrator license. For information about teaching licenses, see the profile on high school teachers. For information about education administrator licenses, see the profile on elementary, middle, and high school principals. Check with your state’s Board of Education for specific license requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most instructional coordinators need several years of related work experience. Experience working as a teacher or as a principal is helpful. For some positions, experience teaching a specific subject or grade level may be required.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Instructional coordinators examine student test data and evaluate teaching strategies. Based on their analysis, coordinators recommend improvements in curriculums and teaching.

Communication skills. Instructional coordinators need to clearly explain changes in the curriculum and teaching standards to teachers, principals, and school staff.

Decisionmaking skills. Instructional coordinators must be able to make sound decisions when recommending changes to curriculums, teaching methods, and textbooks.

Interpersonal skills. Instructional coordinators need to be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with teachers, principals, and other administrators.

Leadership skills. Instructional coordinators serve as mentors to teachers. They train teachers in developing useful and effective teaching techniques.

Pay About this section

Instructional Coordinators

Median annual wages, May 2014

Instructional coordinators

$61,550

Education, training, and library occupations

$46,660

Total, all occupations

$35,540

 

The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $61,550 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,700, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $95,590.

In May 2014, the median annual wages for instructional coordinators in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Government $68,700
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 67,060
Educational support services; state, local, and private 62,650
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 54,410

Instructional coordinators generally work full time. They typically work year-round and do not have summer breaks, unlike teachers. Coordinators may meet with teachers and other administrators before and after classroom hours.

Job Outlook About this section

Instructional Coordinators

Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24

Education, training, and library occupations

8%

Instructional coordinators

7%

Total, all occupations

7%

 

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth is expected as schools focus on evaluating and improving curriculums and teachers’ effectiveness. Schools are focusing on the teachers’ role in improving students’ learning. Instructional coordinators can provide training for teachers in curriculum changes and teaching techniques, thereby helping schools to meet standards in student achievement.

There is an increased emphasis on holding states and schools accountable for student achievement. Some states and school districts are using accountability measures, such as test scores and graduation rates, to evaluate their school curriculums. Instructional coordinators will be needed to evaluate and improve curriculums and provide mentoring for teachers. As schools seek additional training for teachers, demand for instructional coordinators is expected to grow.

However, many instructional coordinators are employed by state and local governments. Therefore, employment growth will depend largely on state and local government budgets. 

Employment projections data for instructional coordinators, 2014-24
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2014 Projected Employment, 2024 Change, 2014-24 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Instructional coordinators

25-9031 151,100 161,600 7 10,500 [XLSX]

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Similar Occupations About this section

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Occupation Job Duties ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION Help 2014 MEDIAN PAY Help
Elementary, middle, and high school principals

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Master's degree $89,540
High school teachers

High School Teachers

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Bachelor's degree $56,310
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading.

Bachelor's degree $53,760
Librarians

Librarians

Librarians help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, school, and medical libraries.

Master's degree $56,170
Middle school teachers

Middle School Teachers

Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades. Middle school teachers help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.

Bachelor's degree $54,940
Postsecondary teachers

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

See How to Become One $70,790
Preschool teachers

Preschool Teachers

Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.

Associate's degree $28,120
School and Career Counselors

School and Career Counselors

School counselors help students develop academic and social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them develop skills or choose a career or educational program.

Master's degree $53,370
Special education teachers

Special Education Teachers

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities.

Bachelor's degree $55,980
Teacher assistants

Teacher Assistants

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

Some college, no degree $24,430
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Instructional Coordinators,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (visited February 12, 2016).

Publish Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

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2014 Median Pay

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Projected Growth Rate

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2014 Median Pay

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