Bureau of Labor Statistics

Instructional Coordinators

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Instructional coordinators work with teachers and school administrators to implement curriculums.
Quick Facts: Instructional Coordinators
2020 Median Pay $66,970 per year
$32.20 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, 2020 190,400
Job Outlook, 2020-30 10% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2020-30 18,400

Summary

What Instructional Coordinators Do

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, implement it, and assess its effectiveness.

Work Environment

Most instructional coordinators work in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional schools, or 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 $66,970 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 20,400 openings for instructional coordinators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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What Instructional Coordinators Do

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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 educational material, implement it with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

Duties

Instructional coordinators typically do the following:

  • Develop and implement the curriculums
  • Plan, organize, and conduct teacher training, conferences, or workshops
  • Analyze students' test data
  • Assess and discuss the curriculum standards with school staff
  • Review and suggest 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 observe teachers in the classroom, review student test data, and discuss the curriculum with the school staff. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curriculums to the school board.

Instructional coordinators may conduct training for teachers related to teaching or technology. For example, instructional coordinators explain new learning 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 focus on programs such as special education or English as a second language.

Work Environment

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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 190,400 jobs in 2020. The largest employers of instructional coordinators were as follows:

Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 44%
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 19
Government 7
Educational support services; state, local, and private 7

Most instructional coordinators work in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional schools, or educational support services or for state and local governments. They typically work year round.

Work Schedules

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.

How to Become an Instructional Coordinator

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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 in school administration. Coordinators in public schools may be required to have a state-issued license.

Education

Instructional coordinators in public schools 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.

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 as a teacher or an instructional leader. For some positions, experience teaching a specific subject or grade level is required.

Advancement

With enough experience and more education, instructional coordinators may become superintendents.

Important Qualities

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

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

Decision-making skills. Instructional coordinators must be decisive 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

Instructional Coordinators

Median annual wages, May 2020

Instructional coordinators

$66,970

Total, all occupations

$41,950

Other educational instruction and library occupations

$30,970

 

The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $66,970 in May 2020. 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 $39,270, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $105,650.

In May 2020, the median annual wages for instructional coordinators in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Government $76,780
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 70,270
Educational support services; state, local, and private 67,240
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 62,950

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.

Job Outlook

Instructional Coordinators

Percent change in employment, projected 2020-30

Instructional coordinators

10%

Other educational instruction and library occupations

9%

Total, all occupations

8%

 

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 20,400 openings for instructional coordinators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Employment

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 that instructional coordinators provide for teachers in curriculum changes and teaching techniques should help schools 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.

Employment projections data for instructional coordinators, 2020-30

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

Occupational Title

Instructional coordinators

SOC Code25-9031
Employment, 2020190,400
Projected Employment, 2030208,900
Percent Change, 2020-3010
Numeric Change, 2020-3018,400
Employment by IndustryGet data

State & Area Data

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Master's degree $98,490
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Bachelor's degree $62,870
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Bachelor's degree $60,660
Librarians Librarians and Library Media Specialists

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Master's degree $60,820
Middle school teachers Middle School Teachers

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Bachelor's degree $60,810
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Associate's degree $31,930
School and Career Counselors School and Career Counselors and Advisors

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Master's degree $58,120
Special education teachers Special Education Teachers

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Bachelor's degree $61,500
Teacher assistants Teacher Assistants

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Some college, no degree $28,900
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Bachelor's degree $62,700
Training and development managers Training and Development Managers

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Bachelor's degree $115,640
Adult literacy and GED teachers Adult Basic and Secondary Education and ESL Teachers

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Bachelor's degree $55,350
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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators,
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