Instructional coordinators are primarily responsible for the oversight of school districts' teaching and curriculum standards. Working in collaboration with teachers and school administrators, they evaluate the overall success of the teaching methods and curriculum and determine whether or not new techniques are needed. In the event the state updates or changes the standards for curriculum or teaching methods, it is the responsibility of the instructional coordinators to educate faculty members on the new standards. Additionally, instructional coordinator jobs typically require the following tasks to be carried out:
- Make arrangements for teachers to have professional development opportunities
- Ensure schools stay current on local, state, and federal standards and regulations
- Work closely with teachers to ensure they understand new educational materials, programs, and technologies
- Review and choose curriculum based on analysis of effectiveness in the classroom
Because education standards and requirements are constantly changing, instructional coordinators are vitally important to school district for compliance purposes and to ensure educational quality. Successful instructional coordinators stay up-to-date with changes in regulations and standards, effectively train teachers and administrative staff to correctly implement those changes, and provide continual oversight to ensure the standards are maintained.
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Becoming an Instructional Coordinator
To become an instructional coordinator, a candidate must have the right educational background, be licensed, and have adequate work experience in the industry. Most instructional coordinator positions require candidates to have a master's degree in curriculum or instruction, but some positions allow for masters in related subjects if the program includes certain courses relevant to the career. These types of master's degrees teach students how to collect and analyze data and about curriculum design and instructional theory.
Masters programs for curriculum or instruction majors have the prerequisite of a bachelor's degree, usually in a related subject such as teacher education. Certain courses can give potential instructional coordinators better preparation for and exposure to the type of work they will be doing in their field. The following courses are typically included in an instruction or curriculum master's program:
- Curriculum Theory and Development
- Educational Tests and Measurements
- Advanced Foundations in Education
- Improving Instruction
Having licensure is the next step for students interested in instructional coordinator careers. The licensure type requirements vary by state, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that most states require a teaching license and some require an education administrator license. In addition to these factors, some instructional coordinator jobs require candidates to have a certain number of years of professional work experience in the industry, typically through high school or secondary education teaching.