Instructional Coordinators

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What Instructional Coordinators Do[About this section] [To Top]

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

Duties of Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators typically do the following:

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

Instructional coordinators 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 and principals about curriculums. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curriculums to school boards. They may also recommend that teachers use different teaching techniques.

Instructional coordinators may plan and 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, also known as curriculum specialists, instructional coaches, or assistant superintendents of instruction, may specialize in particular grade levels or specific subjects. Those in elementary and secondary schools may also focus on special education or English as a second language programs.

Work Environment for Instructional Coordinators[About this section] [To Top]

Instructional coordinators hold about 151,100 jobs. The industries that employ the most instructional coordinators are as follows:

Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 39%
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 16
Government 9
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.

Instructional Coordinator Work Schedules

Instructional coordinators generally work full time. They 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] [To Top]

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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.

Instructional Coordinator 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 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 in teaching.

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. 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 as a principal is helpful. For some positions, experience teaching a specific subject or grade level may be required.

Important Qualities for Instructional Coordinators

Analytical skills. Instructional coordinators examine student test data and evaluate teaching strategies. Based on their analysis, coordinators recommend 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.

Instructional Coordinator Salaries[About this section] [More salary/earnings info] [To Top]

The median annual wage for instructional coordinators is $62,270. 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 $35,950, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $97,770.

The median annual wages for instructional coordinators in the top industries in which they work are as follows:

Government $70,190
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private 67,700
Educational support services; state, local, and private 60,770
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private 55,320

Instructional coordinators generally work full time. They 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.

Job Outlook for Instructional Coordinators[About this section] [To Top]

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 7 percent over the next ten years, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth is expected as schools focus on evaluating and improving curriculums and teachers’ effectiveness. Schools are focusing on the teachers’ role in improving students’ learning. Instructional coordinators can provide training for teachers in curriculum changes and teaching techniques, thereby helping schools to meet standards in student achievement.

There is an increased emphasis on holding states and schools accountable for student achievement. Some states and school districts are using accountability measures, such as test scores and graduation rates, to evaluate their school curriculums. Instructional coordinators will be needed to evaluate and improve curriculums and provide mentoring for teachers. As schools seek additional training for teachers, demand for instructional coordinators is expected 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, 2014-24
Occupational Title Employment, 2014 Projected Employment, 2024 Change, 2014-24
Percent Numeric
Instructional coordinators 151,100 161,600 7 10,500


*Some content used by permission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

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