Summary

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Instructional coordinators work with teachers and school administrators to implement curriculums.
Quick Facts: Instructional Coordinators
2016 Median Pay $62,460 per year
$30.03 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, 2016 163,200
Job Outlook, 2016-26 10% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 16,500

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

Most instructional coordinators work in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional schools, educational support services, or for state and local governments. 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 $62,460 in May 2016.

Job Outlook

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers’ effectiveness.

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Similar Occupations

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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.

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 the implementation of curriculums
  • Plan, organize, and conduct teacher training conferences or workshops
  • Analyze student test data
  • Assess and discuss the 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 a curriculum
  • Train teachers and other instructional staff in new content or programs
  • Mentor or coach teachers to improve their skills

Instructional coordinators, also known as curriculum specialists, 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 about curriculums. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curriculums to the school board. They may also recommend that teachers use different teaching techniques.

Instructional coordinators may 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 may specialize in particular grade levels or specific subjects. Those in elementary and secondary schools may also focus on programs in special education or English as a second language.

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 163,200 jobs in 2016. The largest employers of instructional coordinators were as follows:

Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 41%
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 18
Government 8
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. Unlike teachers, they typically work year round and do not have summer breaks. Coordinators may meet with teachers and other administrators outside of 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 a specialized field, 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 education.

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 profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and 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 previous leadership experience is helpful. For some positions, experience teaching a specific subject or grade level may be required.

Advancement

With enough experience and more education, instructional coordinators can become superintendents or work at the school district level.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Instructional coordinators examine student test data and evaluate teaching strategies. Based on their analysis, they develop recommendations for 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 2016

Instructional coordinators

$62,460

Total, all occupations

$37,040

Other education, training, and library occupations

$27,500

 

The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $62,460 in May 2016. 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 $35,230, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $100,320.

In May 2016, the median annual wages for instructional coordinators in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Government $73,060
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 68,110
Educational support services; state, local, and private 58,650
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 56,740

Instructional coordinators generally work full time. Unlike teachers, they typically work year round and do not have summer breaks. Coordinators may meet with teachers and other administrators outside of classroom hours.

Job Outlook About this section

Instructional Coordinators

Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26

Instructional coordinators

10%

Other education, training, and library occupations

9%

Total, all occupations

7%

 

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

States and school districts will continue to be held accountable for test scores and graduation rates, putting more of an emphasis on student achievement data. Schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers’ effectiveness. The training they provide for teachers in curriculum changes and teaching techniques should help schools to meet their standards in student achievement. As schools seek additional training for teachers, demand for instructional coordinators is projected 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.

Job Prospects

Instructional coordinators with a solid teaching background and leadership experience should have the best job prospects.

Employment projections data for instructional coordinators, 2016-26
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

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

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25-9031 163,200 179,700 10 16,500 employment projections excel document xlsx

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Similar Occupations About this section

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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 curriculums, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Master's degree $92,510
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 $58,030
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects, such as math and reading, in order to prepare them for future schooling.

Bachelor's degree $55,490
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, academic, and medical libraries.

Master's degree $57,680
Middle school teachers

Middle School Teachers

Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades. They 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 $56,720
Postsecondary teachers

Postsecondary Teachers

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

See How to Become One $75,430
Preschool teachers

Preschool Teachers

Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach language, motor, and social skills to young children.

Associate's degree $28,790
School and Career Counselors

School and Career Counselors

School counselors help students develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in school. Career counselors help people choose careers and follow a path to employment.

Master's degree $54,560
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 $57,910
Teacher assistants

Teacher Assistants

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

Some college, no degree $25,410
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Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.

Bachelor's degree $59,020
Training and development managers

Training and Development Managers

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

Bachelor's degree $105,830
Adult literacy and GED teachers

Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers instruct adults in basic skills, such as reading, writing, and speaking English. They also help students earn their high school equivalent diploma.

Bachelor's degree $50,650
Career and technical education teachers

Career and Technical Education Teachers

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Bachelor's degree $54,020
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (visited December 11, 2017).

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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2016 Median Pay

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