Duties and responsibilities
An instructional coordinator is responsible for overseeing school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop educational material and implement it with teachers and principles to assess its effectiveness. Their typical duties and responsibilities include:
- Developing and implementing the curriculums
- Planning, organizing and conducting teacher training, conferences, or workshops
- Analyzing students’ test data
- Assessing and discussing the curriculum standards with school staff
- Reviewing and suggesting textbooks and other educational materials
- Recommending teaching techniques and the use of different or new technologies
- Developing procedures for teachers to implement a curriculum
- Training teachers and other instructional staff in new content or programs
To become an instructional coordinators in a public school, you are required to have a master’s degree in education or curriculum and instruction. Some instructional coordinators need a degree in a specialized field, such as math or history.
To have the best employment opportunities, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction is advisable. These teach about curriculum design, instructional theory, and collecting and analyzing data. To enter these programs, candidates usually need a bachelor’s degree in education.
Skills and relevant work experience
Most instructional coordinators need several years of related work experience as a teacher or an instructional leader. For some positions, experience teaching a specific subject or grade level is required. As well as this experience, instructional coordinators will need skills such as:
- Verbal and written communication skills as instructional coordinators need to clearly explain changes in the curriculum and teaching standards to school staff
- Empathy, as instructional coordinators need to be understanding of the needs of teachers and schools
- Analytical skills, as instructional coordinators evaluate student test data and teaching strategies
- Interpersonal skills, as instructional coordinators need to be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with teachers and principals
- Leadership skills, as instructional coordinators serve as mentors to teachers
Instructional coordinators generally work full time. They typically work year round and do not have summer breaks. Coordinators may meet with teachers and other administrators outside of classroom hours.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for school principals in the United States is $66,290 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $103,790.
It is predicted that the employment of principals is expected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, which provides many exciting job opportunities in a wide range of injuries. With further training and experience, instructional coordinators can become superintendents.