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Working As A Curriculum Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Curriculum Director Do

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Duties

Elementary, middle, and high school principals typically do the following:

  • Manage school activities and staff, including teachers and support personnel
  • Establish and oversee class schedules
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curriculum standards
  • Counsel and discipline students
  • Observe teachers and classroom activities
  • Assist teachers in managing students’ behavior
  • Evaluate teachers’ performance
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss students’ progress and behavior
  • Assess and prepare reports on test scores and other student achievement data
  • Organize professional development programs and workshops for staff
  • Manage the school’s budget, order school supplies, and schedule maintenance
  • Establish and coordinate security procedures for students, staff, and visitors

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage the overall operation of schools, including building maintenance and cafeteria services. They set and oversee academic goals and ensure that teachers have the necessary equipment and resources. In public schools, principals also implement standards and programs set by the school district, state, and/or federal regulations. They evaluate and prepare reports on their school’s performance based on these standards by assessing student achievement and teacher performance. Principals may establish and oversee additional programs in their school, such as counseling, special education programs, and before- and after-school childcare programs.

Principals serve as the public face of their school. They meet with superintendents, legislators, and members of the community to request or explain funding for their schools. They also address the concerns of parents and members of the community.

The duties of principals vary by the size of the school and district. In larger schools and districts, principals have additional resources and staff to help them achieve goals. For example, large school districts often have instructional coordinators who help with data analysis and with teachers’ professional development. Principals also may have staff who oversee the hiring process of all school personnel, including teachers, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Principals in small school districts may need to assume these and other duties themselves.

Many schools have assistant principals who help principals with school administration. Principals typically assign specific administrative duties to their assistant principals. In some school districts, assistant principals are hired to handle a specific subject area, such as literacy or math. Assistants may be assigned to handle student safety, provide student academic counseling, or enforce disciplinary or attendance rules. They may also coordinate buses or supervise building and grounds maintenance.

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How To Become A Curriculum Director

Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have work experience as teachers.

Education

Principals typically need a master’s degree in education leadership or education administration. These master’s degree programs prepare future principals to manage staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals, and work with parents and the community. To enter the master’s degree programs, candidates typically need a bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Principals typically need several years of work experience as a teacher. For more information on how to become a teacher, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require a master’s degree. Some states have alternative programs for candidates who do not have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most states also require candidates to pass an exam and a background check.

Principals in private schools are not required to have a state-issued license.

Advancement

An assistant principal can advance to become a principal. Some principals advance to become superintendents, which may require completion of additional education. Others become instructional coordinators.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Principals must communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. For example, when dealing with student disciplinary or academic issues, they consult with and listen to parents and teachers to understand the problem.

Critical-thinking skills. Principals analyze student test results and testing procedures to determine if improvements are needed. They must assess the available options and choose the best means to help students achieve better results.

Decisionmaking skills. Because principals are responsible for students, staff members, and the overall operation of the school, they consider many factors when making decisions.

Interpersonal skills. Because principals work with teachers, parents, and superintendents, they must be able to develop positive working relationships with them.

Leadership skills. Principals set educational goals and establish policies and procedures for the school. They need to be able to motivate teachers and other staff to achieve set goals.

Problem-solving skills. Teachers, students, and other staff members report problems to the principal. Principals need to be able to analyze problems, and develop and implement appropriate solutions.

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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$162,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Discover Financial Services
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Curriculum Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Curriculum Director in the United States is $78,773 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $162,000.

Real Curriculum Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Curriculum Projects CFA Institute Charlottesville, VA Feb 15, 2012 $174,452
Director of Curriculum American Honda Education Corporation Estes Park, CO Oct 29, 2012 $92,293
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. West Hollywood, CA Jul 15, 2016 $90,000
Nutrition Curriculum Director Integrative Nutrition Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2016 $90,000
Montessori Curriculum Director Torit Montessori School Boston, MA Dec 11, 2016 $85,390
Curriculum Director The Torit School Boston, MA May 17, 2016 $84,470
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2014 $83,595 -
$150,000
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 09, 2010 $80,000
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2012 $74,000 -
$150,000
Science Curriculum Director Cosmos Foundation Houston, TX Sep 29, 2010 $71,000
Curriculum Director Cosmos Foundation Houston, TX Aug 30, 2010 $69,000
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Mar 21, 2016 $67,205
Math Curriculum Director Alltuition, Inc. Chicago, IL Jun 22, 2012 $59,010 -
$92,747
Curriculum Director HL Academy Inc. Montgomery, AL May 20, 2016 $57,886
Assistant Curriculum Director for Science Harmony Public Schools Houston, TX Feb 03, 2014 $57,262
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Jul 07, 2015 $56,763
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Sep 22, 2015 $56,763
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Jul 02, 2015 $56,763
Curriculum Director La Ballroom Studio LLC CA Feb 15, 2016 $54,000
Curriculum Director Stepping Stones School, Inc. La Palma, CA Oct 01, 2012 $50,088
University Curriculum Director (Incl. R&D) Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL Nov 01, 2011 $50,000
Curriculum Director of Computer Science Harmony Public Schools Houston, TX Oct 11, 2012 $48,797
Curriculum Director Treehouse Island Inc. Orlando, FL Nov 17, 2014 $48,000
Curriculum Director Sanyu Learning Center Mountain View, CA Jan 09, 2016 $47,333
Teacher and Director of Curriculum The Trustforte Corporation New York, NY May 01, 2011 $47,000
Curriculum Director of Computer Science Cosmos Foundation, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2010 $46,000

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Top Skills for A Curriculum Director

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instituted and led change in curriculum development and assessment using technological solutions.
  • Worked with teachers to ensure good classroom management techniques.
  • Developed lesson plans, accounting for key development milestones based on an established curriculum.
  • Developed and implemented a successful summer academic curriculum for students with special needs.
  • Developed center-wide curriculum, monitored weekly curricular plans, and mentored and evaluated performance of child care staff.

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Top 10 Best States for Curriculum Directors

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  2. New York
  3. Alaska
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New Jersey
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Delaware
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Curriculum Director Demographics

Gender

Female

62.8%

Male

26.1%

Unknown

11.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.8%

French

16.7%

German

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Italian

4.2%

Portuguese

2.1%

Lithuanian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Turkish

2.1%

Dakota

2.1%

Shona

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Greek

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%
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Curriculum Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Walden University

10.2%

Nova Southeastern University

7.8%

National University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

Capella University

4.7%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Seattle University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Teachers College of Columbia University

3.9%

Stephen F Austin State University

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.9%

Hofstra University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Educational Leadership

19.4%

Education

17.2%

Elementary Education

11.8%

Business

8.4%

Curriculum And Instruction

7.3%

Early Childhood Education

7.1%

Special Education

4.4%

Psychology

3.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Educational Technology

2.5%

English

2.4%

Human Development

2.0%

History

1.9%

Management

1.5%

Writing

1.5%

School Counseling

1.4%

Counseling Psychology

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Social Work

1.0%

Biology

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

38.8%

Bachelors

24.4%

Doctorate

14.5%

Other

14.3%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.5%
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