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Working As A Senior Instructional Designer

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

  • $70,505

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Instructional Designer Career Paths

Senior Instructional Designer
Learning Consultant Senior Consultant Project Manager/Analyst
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Program Manager Development Director
Development Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager Senior Sales Manager
Director Of Sales Training
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Human Resources Business Partner Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Consultant Senior Technical Writer
Knowledge Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Director, Learning And Development Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructional Designer Trainer Lead Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructional Designer Project Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Design Manager Consultant/Project Manager Senior Training Specialist
Quality Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Learning Consultant Training Consultant Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Human Resources Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager Communications Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Instructor 3.4%
Consultant 3.3%
Trainer 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.5%
Manager 3.4%

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Senior Instructional Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

54.0%

Male

44.3%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.3%

French

14.9%

Chinese

6.4%

German

6.4%

Mandarin

6.4%

Japanese

4.3%

Swedish

2.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Sanskrit

2.1%

Greek

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Cheyenne

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Tamil

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%
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Senior Instructional Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.1%

Florida State University

7.9%

Capella University

7.6%

San Diego State University

6.5%

University of Central Florida

6.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.4%

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

5.1%

Georgia State University

4.7%

University of Georgia

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

University of South Florida

4.0%

San Francisco State University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Utah State University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%
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Majors

Educational Technology

20.4%

Curriculum And Instruction

11.8%

Business

10.1%

Education

10.0%

English

6.3%

Elementary Education

5.7%

Communication

5.3%

Human Resources Management

4.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Counseling Psychology

2.7%

Management

2.6%

Educational Leadership

2.4%

Computer Science

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Music

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Project Management

1.8%

Public Relations

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

48.4%

Bachelors

24.7%

Other

11.8%

Doctorate

6.5%

Certificate

5.3%

Associate

3.0%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Instructional Designer LRN Corporation New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $98,000
Instructional Designer SR. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2014 $86,921 -
$113,662
Senior Instructional Designer Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Mar 02, 2011 $79,000
SR. Instructional Designer University of Phoenix, Inc., An Apollo Education G Tempe, AZ Jun 23, 2014 $75,679
Senior Instructional Designer Arizona State University Mesa, AZ Sep 10, 2014 $72,633
Senior Instructional Designer Arizona State University Mesa, AZ Oct 09, 2014 $72,633
Senior Instructional Designer and Developer Illiac Software, Inc. Champaign, IL Sep 04, 2015 $71,688
SR. Instructional Designer Arizona State University Mesa, AZ Sep 10, 2012 $71,000
SR. Chemistry Instructional Designer Sebit, LLC DBA Adaptive Curriculum Scottsdale, AZ Jul 01, 2013 $70,655
Senior Instructional Designer and E-Learner Developer United Food and Commercial Workers INTL Union Washington, DC Jan 15, 2010 $70,000
Senior Instructional Designer DHL Express (USA), Inc. Plantation, FL Sep 02, 2010 $67,000
SR. Instructional Designer Vivid Learning Systems, Inc. Pasco, WA Aug 22, 2011 $65,000
SR. Instructional Designer Vivid Learning Systems, Inc. Pasco, WA Sep 01, 2011 $65,000
Senior Instructional Designer Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN Nov 15, 2015 $62,000
Senior Instructional Designer Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL Aug 01, 2014 $61,283
Senior Instructional Designer Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL Aug 01, 2014 $60,648
Senior Instructional Designer The University of Toledo Toledo, OH Jan 08, 2014 $60,500
Senior Instructional Designer NIIT (USA), Inc. IN May 26, 2014 $60,000
Senior Instructional Designer Customtbt, LLC Marietta, GA Jan 14, 2012 $60,000
Senior Instructional Designer Texas A&M University College Station, TX Jan 11, 2015 $59,496
Instructional Designer Senior Arizona State University Mesa, AZ Apr 22, 2015 $59,453 -
$71,000
Senior Analyst Instructional Designer College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV Aug 24, 2009 $58,000
SR. Instructional Designer Bancroft Technology Group, Inc. Lynchburg, VA Aug 31, 2015 $57,750
Senior Analyst Instructional Designer College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV Feb 01, 2013 $56,550 -
$58,000
Senior Instructional Designer NIIT (USA), Inc. IN Jun 04, 2014 $56,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Instructional Designer

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  1. Training Programs
  2. Instructional Design
  3. Online Courses
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  • Developed blended learning approaches that incorporated multiple training methodologies, including print-based, classroom-delivered and web-delivered training programs.
  • Provided final quality assurance reviews of products designed by fellow instructional designers.
  • Evaluated and recommended emerging education technologies for creation and delivery of enhanced online courses.
  • Collaborated with subject matter experts from all business units to develop a consensus on process and training implementation.
  • Worked with remote internal SMEs to create performance-based e-learning courses covering insurance and registration and inventory management applications.

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