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Instructional Coordinator Career

Career Description

An Instructional Coordinator develops curricula, selects textbooks and other materials, trains teachers, and assesses educational programs for quality and adherence to regulations and standards. They also assist in implementing new technology in the classroom.

Common Work Tasks

  • Evaluate how well a school or training program’s curriculum, or plan of study, meets students’ needs
  • Research teaching methods and techniques and develop procedures to ensure that instructors are implementing the curriculum successfully and meeting program goals
  • Meet with members of educational committees and advisory groups to learn about subjects and explore how curriculum materials meet students’ needs and relate to occupations
  • Develop questionnaires and interview school staff about the curriculum
  • Review textbooks, software, and other educational materials and make recommendations on purchases
  • Monitor the ways in which teachers use materials in the classroom, and supervise workers who catalogue, distribute, and maintain a school’s educational materials and equipment
  • Monitor the introduction of new technology, including the Internet, into a school’s curriculum and recommend installing educational software, such as interactive books and exercises designed to enhance student literacy and develop math skills
  • Mentor new teachers and train experienced ones in the latest instructional methods
  • Plan and provide onsite education for teachers and administrators
  • Travel between schools to meet with teachers and administrators

Other Job Titles

Instructional Coordinators are also known by other titles, including:

  • Curriculum Specialists
  • Personnel Development Specialists
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Directors of Instructional Material

Education, Training, and Experience

Education and Training
Instructional coordinators should have training in curriculum development and instruction or in the specific field for which they are responsible, such as mathematics or history. Courses in research design teach how to create and implement research studies to determine the effectiveness of a given method of instruction or curriculum and how to measure and improve student performance.

Certification and Licensure
  Instructional coordinators must be licensed to work in public schools. Some States require a teaching license, whereas others require an education administrator license.

Instructional coordinators must have a good understanding of how to teach specific groups of students and expertise in developing educational materials. As a result, many people become instructional coordinators after working for several years as teachers. Also beneficial is work experience in an education administrator position, such as a principal or assistant principal, or in another advisory role, such as a master teacher.


The median annual salary for an Instructional Coordinator is $55,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $91,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $31,000. Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of instructional coordinators are:

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools - $64,220
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools - $50,190
  • Educational Support Services - $63,430
  • Junior Colleges - $55,000
  • Local Government - $50,420

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  22%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 29,000
  • Employment 2006 : 129,000
  • Employment 2016:  159,000
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