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Become An Instructional Designer

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Working As An Instructional Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $73,845

    Average Salary

What Does An Instructional Designer Do

An Instructional Designer designs and develops learning and practicing experiences. They provide exercises and activities that enhance the learning process.

How To Become An Instructional Designer

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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Real Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructional Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 21, 2016 $157,571 -
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Instructional Designer Populus Group LLC Tempe, AZ Apr 25, 2016 $125,220
Instructional Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 16, 2016 $124,000
Instructional Designer M&Amp;R Consultants Corporation Rockville, MD Sep 25, 2015 $100,000
Instructional Designer M&R Consultants Corporation Rockville, MD Jan 23, 2015 $99,133
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC Medford, NJ Feb 25, 2015 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC Marlton, NJ Oct 30, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing Marlton, NJ Jul 22, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing Marlton, NJ Apr 28, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation Boston, MA Apr 09, 2016 $90,000
Instructional Designer Zuora, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 20, 2015 $90,000
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation Cambridge, MA May 01, 2015 $90,000
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation Cambridge, MA Apr 09, 2016 $90,000
Instructional Designer Montclair State University Montclair, NJ Mar 01, 2015 $71,270
Instructional Designer The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Sep 02, 2015 $71,050
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $70,191
Instructional Designer Tata Industries Ltd Edison, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $70,034
Instructional Designer/Faculty Developer Quad Learning, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 13, 2015 $70,000
Instructional Designer/Faculty Developer Quad Learning, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 06, 2015 $70,000
Instructional Designer Tata Interactive Systems Edison, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $70,000
Instructional Designer George Mason University Fairfax, VA Oct 15, 2015 $69,722
Multimedia Instructional Designer Excelsior College Albany, NY Jan 02, 2016 $62,000
Instructional Designer Realty On The Boulevard Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Feb 15, 2015 $61,775
Instructional Designer 3 University of Houston Houston, TX Sep 10, 2015 $61,526
Instructional Designer University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX Jun 27, 2015 $61,308
Instructional Designer University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA May 11, 2016 $60,278
Instructional Designer Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Aug 15, 2016 $60,232
Instructional Designer 2 Florida International University Miami, FL Apr 06, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Instructional Designer

OnlineCoursesTrainingCurriculumSubjectMatterExpertsInstructionalDesignSmesAdobeCaptivateTrainingProgramsWebLearningManagementSystemPowerpointAddieJobAidsProjectManagementTrainingCoursesInstructionalMaterialsLearningObjectivesTrainingMaterialsBlackboardCourseContentNeedsAnalysis

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Top Instructional Designer Skills

  1. Online Courses
  2. Training Curriculum
  3. Subject Matter Experts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist Instructional Designers in the preparation and setup online courses.
  • Coordinated flight training curriculum and developed instructional materials.
  • Worked in close coordination with a team of Subject Matter Experts to design and implement both content and format.
  • Tutored management on Instructional Design principles and applications.
  • Coordinated content creation with subject matter experts (SMEs), artists, and programmers.

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