Instructional Coordinators

Summary

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Instructional coordinators work with teachers and school administrators to implement curriculums.
Quick Facts: Instructional Coordinators
2012 Median Pay $60,050 per year
$28.87 per hour
Entry-Level Education Master’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation 5 years or more
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 147,700
Job Outlook, 2012-22 13% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 18,500

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 education institutions, such as colleges, professional schools, and education 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 $60,050 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, 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 assist teachers in adopting new strategies and techniques to instruct students.

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
  • Observe and evaluate teachers’ instruction and analyze student test data
  • Assess and discuss implementation of education 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 assess the effectiveness of curriculum and teaching techniques established by school boards, states, or federal regulations. For example, they may observe teachers in the classroom, review student test data, and interview school staff and principals about curriculum. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curricula to school boards. They also may recommend that teachers use different teaching techniques that can help students learn.

Some instructional coordinators plan and conduct training for teachers related to teaching methods or the use of computers or tablets. For example, when a school district introduces new learning standards, 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, such as elementary or high school, or specific subjects, such as language arts or math. Instructional coordinators in elementary and secondary schools may also focus on special education, English as a second language, or gifted-and-talented programs. Some coordinators provide educational support services, such as textbook or standardized test assessment and development.

Work Environment About this section

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Instructional coordinators generally have an office in the headquarters of their school district and spend time traveling to schools within the district.

Instructional coordinators held about 147,700 jobs in 2012. 

The industries that employed the most instructional coordinators in 2012 were as follows:

Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private40%
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private15
Government9
Educational support services; state, local, and private6

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

Work Schedules

Instructional coordinators 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. Coordinators in public schools may be required to be licensed teachers or licensed school administrators.

Education

Most employers, particularly public schools, require instructional coordinators to have a master’s degree, typically 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 from a teacher education program.

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.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most instructional coordinators need several years of related work experience. Depending on the position, experience working as a teacher or as a principal may be 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. They analyze the information to recommend improvements in curriculum and teaching.

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

Decision-making skills. Instructional coordinators must be able to make sound decisions when recommending changes to curricula, teaching methods, and textbooks.

Interpersonal skills. Working with teachers, principals, and other administrators is an important part of instructional coordinators’ jobs. They need to be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others.

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 2012

Instructional coordinators

$60,050

Total, all occupations

$34,750

Other education, training, and library occupations

$25,480

 

The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $60,050 in May 2012. 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 $34,370, and the top 10 percent earned more than $93,500.

In May 2012, the medium annual wages for instructional coordinators in the top four industries employing these workers were as follows:

Government$66,970
Elementary and secondary schools;
state, local, and private
65,770
Educational support services;
state, local, and private
60,100
Colleges, universities, and professional schools;
state, local, and private
53,540

Instructional coordinators generally 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 2012-22

Instructional coordinators

13%

Total, all occupations

11%

Other education, training, and library occupations

9%

 

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth is expected as schools focus on evaluating and improving curriculums and teachers’ effectiveness.

Many school districts and states are focusing on the teachers’ role in improving students’ learning. Some schools also provide training for teachers in curriculum changes or teaching techniques. In addition, there is an increased emphasis on holding teachers accountable for students’ achievements. In fact, some states and school districts are using student attendance, test scores, and graduation rates to evaluate teachers.

With states and school districts using various accountability measures, coordinators will be needed to evaluate and improve curriculum and provide mentoring for teachers. As schools seek additional training for teachers, demand for instructional coordinators is expected to grow.

However, employment growth will depend on state and local government budgets. 

Employment projections data for instructional coordinators, 2012-22
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2012 Projected Employment, 2022 Change, 2012-22 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

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

Instructional coordinators

25-9031 147,700 166,200 13 18,500 [XLS]

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Elementary, middle, and high school principals

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

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

Master’s degree $87,760
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 $55,050
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 $53,090
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 $55,370
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 $53,430
Postsecondary teachers

Postsecondary Teachers

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

See How to Become One $68,970
Preschool teachers

Preschool Teachers

Preschool teachers educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 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 $27,130
School and Career Counselors

School and Career Counselors

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

Master’s degree $53,610
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 $55,060
Teacher assistants

Teacher Assistants

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Some college, no degree $23,640
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Instructional Coordinators,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (visited September 22, 2014).

Publish Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014