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Working As A Curriculum Specialist

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Curriculum Specialist Do

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

Duties

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.

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How To Become A Curriculum Specialist

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.

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

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.

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Average Length of Employment
Reading Specialist 3.8 years
Curriculum Writer 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Curriculum Specialist
Teacher 30.9%
Instructor 5.4%
Educator 3.4%
Director 3.4%
Coach 3.3%
Principal 2.9%
Top Careers After Curriculum Specialist
Teacher 17.3%
Principal 9.1%
Director 7.4%
Instructor 5.2%
Consultant 4.2%
Educator 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$70,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$129,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Michigan State University
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Curriculum Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Curriculum Specialist in the United States is $70,822 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

Real Curriculum Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Curriculum Specialist-Math (Upper and Middle SCH Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Jul 30, 2012 $115,000
Curriculum Specialist-Math (Upper and Middle SCH Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Aug 01, 2012 $115,000
Curriculum Specialist-Math (Upper and Middle SCH Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2012 $115,000
EFL Curriculum Specialist Age of Learning, Inc. Glendale, CA Sep 11, 2015 $104,350
Curriculum Specialist Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Daly City, CA Nov 04, 2016 $100,838
Specialist-Curriculum Devleopment Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Dec 11, 2015 $90,000
Senior Curriculum Specialist & National Presenter No Tears Learning, Inc. Cabin John, MD Dec 01, 2010 $80,266
Curriculum Renewal Specialist Texas Engineering Experiment Station College Station, TX Jan 02, 2010 $79,799
Curriculum Specialist, FX Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY May 23, 2015 $79,611
Curriculum Specialist, FX Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Mar 02, 2015 $79,611
Registrar/Curriculum Specialist Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Feb 01, 2015 $68,675
Curriculum Specialist Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Jul 22, 2014 $68,224 -
$100,322
Curriculum Specialist Appletree Early Learning Public Charter School Washington, DC Sep 23, 2013 $61,568
Curriculum Specialist Small World Preschool, Inc. Hillsborough, CA Oct 29, 2015 $61,568
Curriculum Specialist Learnet Academy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2014 $60,523
Curriculum Specialist Learnet Academy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2014 $60,523
Curriculum Specialist Learnet Academy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 01, 2014 $60,523
Law Curriculum Specialist-ASS. Director Kaplan PMBR, A Division of Kaplan, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2010 $60,000
Cuirriculum Specialist Learnet Academy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 01, 2013 $59,480
Curriculum Specialist Learnet Academy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2013 $59,480
Adult Learning Curriculum Specialist International Rescue Committee, Inc. Miami, FL Jun 30, 2015 $46,218 -
$59,000
Curriculum & Instruction Specialist/Teacher Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church San Diego, CA Aug 15, 2015 $45,700
Curriculum Specialist Hope Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA Oct 01, 2012 $45,351
Curriculum and Instructional Specialist Reston Montessori School Reston, VA Sep 21, 2014 $45,351
Math Curriculum Specialist Sallie B. Howard School for The Arts and Education Wilson, NC Jul 01, 2013 $45,000
Math Curriculum Specialist Sallie B. Howard School for The Arts and Education Wilson, NC Jul 01, 2011 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Curriculum Specialist

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Child Care
  3. Mathematics
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  • Developed an integrated curriculum development plan targeting increased enrollment, retention, and success of the at-risk student population.
  • Provided training support to child care center employees, family child care providers, and school age and teen center employees.
  • Facilitated and organized monthly professional development for Achievement Academy Mathematics Instructors and staff.
  • Combined discipline plan with effective measures and various lesson plans to increase concentration, participation, and progress student accountability.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with outside organizations to enhance teacher and student learning opportunities.

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Curriculum Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

67.2%

Male

20.2%

Unknown

12.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.1%

Chinese

7.3%

German

6.4%

Arabic

5.5%

French

4.5%

Mandarin

3.6%

Russian

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Czech

2.7%

Swahili

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Icelandic

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Albanian

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Occidental

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Korean

0.9%
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Curriculum Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

Walden University

12.4%

Ashford University

6.8%

Nova Southeastern University

6.8%

Grand Canyon University

6.2%

Liberty University

5.6%

Northern Arizona University

5.0%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Harvard University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

Florida State University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%

University of Arizona

3.3%

New York University

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

Teachers College of Columbia University

3.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.7%
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Majors

Educational Leadership

17.9%

Education

15.9%

Elementary Education

14.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

7.4%

Business

5.5%

Early Childhood Education

5.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.6%

English

4.0%

Psychology

3.9%

Special Education

3.4%

Human Development

2.9%

Educational Technology

2.6%

Counseling Psychology

2.1%

Mathematics

1.7%

Secondary Education And Teaching

1.6%

History

1.5%

School Counseling

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

48.8%

Bachelors

22.4%

Other

13.8%

Doctorate

9.3%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

2.4%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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