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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

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 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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Instructional Designer jobs

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Instructional Designer Career Paths

Instructional Designer
Development Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager General Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Program Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Consultant Sales Trainer
Director Of Sales Training
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Training Instructor Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Marketing Manager Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Designer Instructor Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Design Consultant Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Trainer Lead Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Resource Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Trainer Lead Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Instructional Systems Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer And Editor Senior Technical Writer Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Designer 3.0 years
Course Developer 2.9 years
Content Developer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 6.7%
Instructor 6.0%
Trainer 3.8%
Consultant 3.3%
Internship 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.3%
Instructor 3.5%

Instructional Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

57.7%

Male

39.7%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

80.8%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

11.5%

Chinese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.0%

German

4.6%

Arabic

4.2%

Japanese

3.8%

Italian

3.4%

Korean

3.1%

Russian

2.3%

Greek

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Portuguese

1.9%

Hindi

1.5%

Malay

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Swedish

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.8%
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Instructional Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

Capella University

10.4%

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

8.0%

Walden University

6.4%

University of Central Florida

5.4%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Florida State University

4.7%

Utah State University

4.4%

San Diego State University

4.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.0%

Georgia State University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.4%

Boise State University

3.4%

Nova Southeastern University

3.2%

Purdue University

3.2%
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Majors

Educational Technology

19.8%

Business

11.4%

Education

9.8%

Curriculum And Instruction

9.4%

Elementary Education

6.3%

English

6.0%

Communication

4.2%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Educational Leadership

3.1%

Psychology

3.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Writing

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Management

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Public Relations

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

47.7%

Bachelors

26.3%

Other

10.6%

Doctorate

6.8%

Certificate

5.3%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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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 -
$162,571
Instructor, Fashion Design Stephens Institute San Francisco, CA Aug 09, 2015 $135,000
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
Instructor, Fashion Design Stephens Institute San Francisco, CA May 13, 2015 $95,000
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing Marlton, NJ Apr 28, 2016 $93,750
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 The FAB Foundation Cambridge, MA Apr 09, 2016 $90,000
Instructional Designer Zuora, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 20, 2015 $90,000
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation Boston, MA Apr 09, 2016 $90,000
Instructional Designer Ellucian Company LP Malvern, PA Oct 15, 2015 $72,406
Instructional Designer The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2015 $71,500
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 Designer Tata Industries Ltd Edison, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $70,034
Instructional Designer Tata Interactive Systems Edison, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $70,000
Instructional Designer George Mason University Fairfax, VA Oct 15, 2015 $69,722
Instructional Technology Designer Bellevue School District No. 405 Bellevue, WA Aug 13, 2015 $68,462
Instructional Designer University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX Jun 27, 2015 $61,308
Instructor, Graphic Design Newton International College Garden Grove, CA Jul 25, 2016 $60,650
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
Instructional Designer Seattle Central College Seattle, WA May 10, 2015 $60,000
Instructional Design Librarian, Assistant Professor Kent State University Kent, OH Jan 26, 2016 $58,220
Instructional Designer University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA Mar 28, 2016 $58,143

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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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