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Working As a Lead Instructional Designer

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

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 A Lead 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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Top Careers Before Lead Instructional Designer
Teacher 4.5%
Instructor 4.4%
Consultant 2.9%
Trainer 2.6%
Top Careers After Lead Instructional Designer
Consultant 4.3%
Manager 2.5%
Trainer 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$65,000
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$84,000
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Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Lead Instructional Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Instructional Designer in the United States is $65,525 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

Real Lead Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Berlin, CT Aug 15, 2016 $74,693
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $70,191
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Houston, TX Aug 09, 2015 $69,623
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Houston, TX Aug 07, 2014 $68,171
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $66,925
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Houston, TX Apr 28, 2015 $65,631
Instructional Design Lead-Learning Services-US Infosys Limited Houston, TX Sep 02, 2014 $65,631
Team Leader-Instructional Design Learningmate Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $65,000
Team Leader-Instructional Design Learningmate Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $65,000
Lead Instructional Designer Kineo Group Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 19, 2013 $65,000
Lead Instructional Designer Kineo Group Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 20, 2013 $65,000
Lead Instructional Designer Kineo Group Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2013 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Instructional Designer

  1. Instructional Design
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Online Courses
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  • Ensured consistency and compliance in department and company standards by carefully reviewing quality of content developed by the instructional design team.
  • Managed curriculum team and all curriculum development and maintenance operations for the $12-million Department of Defense J3/7 International Training Program.
  • Launched new online graduate programs and initiatives for multiple top-tier universities; successfully developed and implemented over 25 online courses.
  • Earned several awards for demonstrating strong collaboration and flexibility, and delivering high quality interactive training programs.
  • Interviewed subject matter experts, understand processes and convert technical content into training materials that effectively accomplishes learning objectives.

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Top 10 Best States for Lead Instructional Designers

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Nevada
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Connecticut
  5. Virginia
  6. Delaware
  7. Massachusetts
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Utah
  10. New Jersey
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Lead Instructional Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

50.4%

Male

43.1%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.3%

Italian

14.3%

French

10.7%

Chinese

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Dutch

3.6%

German

3.6%

Serbian

3.6%

Macedonian

3.6%

Polish

3.6%

Croatian

3.6%
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Lead Instructional Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.3%

Capella University

9.4%

George Mason University

7.2%

University of Central Florida

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

Northern Illinois University

5.1%

Purdue University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Villanova University

4.3%

Brigham Young University

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Syracuse University

3.6%

Western Governors University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

North Carolina State University

3.6%

University of New Mexico

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.9%
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Majors

Educational Technology

14.9%

Education

11.9%

Business

11.7%

Curriculum And Instruction

9.5%

Elementary Education

6.3%

Communication

5.4%

Management

4.1%

Project Management

4.1%

English

3.9%

Psychology

3.7%

Human Resources Management

3.5%

Counseling Psychology

2.8%

Computer Science

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Educational Leadership

2.2%

Public Relations

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Writing

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

47.4%

Bachelors

25.8%

Other

11.6%

Certificate

6.0%

Doctorate

5.7%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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