Becoming an Instructional Coordinator

Instructional Coordinators

Responsibilities of Instructional Coordinator

The job of an instructional coordinator is an important one − they are the ones who oversee school districts' curricula and teaching standards with the goal of improving the quality of education. They set out to accomplish this by working with teachers and school administrators to implement new teaching techniques. Job duties may include analyzing student test data, ensuring that the district's schools are meeting local, state, and federal regulations and standards, and finding other teachers opportunities for professional development.

Instructional coordinators may sometimes also be known as curriculum specialists, instructional coaches, or assistant superintendents of instruction, and they can specialize in specific grade levels - such as elementary or high school - or specific subjects, such as language arts or math. Still others may focus on English as a second language, special education, or gifted and talented programs. Generally, instructional coordinators can work in both public and private schools and have an office at their school district's headquarters, although they may also spend time traveling to the schools within their district. Unlike teachers and other educator instructors that may receive summers off, these coordinators tend to work year-round and may need to meet with teachers and other administrators both before and after school, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh, 2012).

How to Become an Instructional Coordinator

Typically, instructional coordinators are required by most school districts to have at least a master's degree in curriculum and instruction or a related field, although some have a master's in the content field they plan to specialize in, notes the BLS. In the master's programs in curriculum and instruction, students learn about curriculum design, instructional theory, and collecting and analyzing data. Students generally need a bachelor's degree from either a teacher education program or in a related field in order to enter these master's programs.

Instructional coordinators are often also required to be licensed, either as a teacher or as a licensed education administrator. And, they usually need to have experience either working as a teacher or as a principal or other school administrator. Some positions might require teaching experience at a particular subject or grade level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov/ooh, 2012) reports that those interested in learning how to be an instructional coordinator would do well to possess strong skills in the following areas: communication, decision-making and instruction.

Career Earnings :

According to the BLS, when it comes to an instructional coordinator salary, the median annual wage nationwide as of May 2012 was $60,050 with the top 10 percent nationwide earning more than $93,500 and the lowest 10 percent earning less than $34,370 (bls.gov/oes, 2013). Instructional coordinators working in elementary and secondary schools and in state government earned the highest nationwide annual mean salary, at almost $67,000.

The BLS projects the employment growth for instructional coordinators to grow by 20 percent nationwide between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than average for all occupations (bls.gov/ooh, 2012). This anticipated growth is being attributed to schools' increasing focus on improving teacher effectiveness and the need for more instructional coordinators to help those teachers not meeting expectations. Ultimately, state and local government budgets determine the actual rate of employment growth.

Sources:

  1. Instructional Coordinators, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm
  2. Instructional Coordinators, Occupational Employment and Wages (May 2012), http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes259031.htm

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