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Instructional Coordinators

At a Glance

  • Help teachers manage and improve instruction
  • Write grant proposals, budgets, and program policies and goals
  • Usually specialize in an area of education
  • Work closely with administrators, teachers, students, and parents
  • Have a master's degree
  • May need a license

Career summary

Instructional coordinators help teachers and others plan and carry out educational programs.

Instructional coordinators help educators manage and improve their instructional methods. They prepare:

Coordinators discuss learning methods and materials. They plan and develop educational courses with staff. They set guidelines for learning programs. They also evaluate and recommend materials and methods used for teaching and learning. Instructional coordinators advise staff on assessment, curriculum development, and the use of additional materials and equipment. Coordinators may help order instructional materials and equipment and approve the repair of equipment. Some coordinators manage people who work in educational libraries.

Coordinators plan, conduct, and evaluate training programs for teachers. They develop tests to measure how well the curriculum is working. They also review and suggest improvements in teaching methods. Some coordinators advise staff how to manage student behavior. They also give presentations to the public.

At the district or school level, instructional coordinators review student files. They consult parents, teachers, and other staff about students. They decide where to place students and what services to provide.

Some coordinators work at state education agencies. They prepare or approve materials on state policies for school districts. They also advise school officials about state and federal programs. In addition, coordinators interpret and enforce state rules and regulations.

Instructional coordinators usually specialize in an area of education. This may include:

Instructional coordinators take part in workshops, committees, and conferences.

Related careers

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster of careers.

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Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to instructional coordinators.

Common work activities

Instructional coordinators perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, instructional coordinators:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Instructional coordinators frequently:

It is important for instructional coordinators to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for instructional coordinators to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Instructional coordinators need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as an instructional coordinator, you must:

Education after high school

Instructional coordinators must have a bachelor's degree, usually in education. They must also have a master's degree in a field such as curriculum and instruction. In addition, it is helpful to have expertise in a subject area, such as science or English.

Depending on your state, you may need to meet teacher or education administrator licensing requirements.

Work experience

This is not an entry-level occupation. You generally need more than five years of experience as a teacher or administrator to prepare for this occupation.

On-the-job training

Depending on your employer, you may receive on-the-job training. The length of training varies, from a few months up to a year.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum may be different from your state's graduation requirements.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

You should take as many classes as you can in the area you would like to teach. For example, if you want to be an English teacher, take extra classes in literature and writing.

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers require that instructional coordinators have a master's degree. Many employers require five or more years of teaching experience.

Employers look for applicants who can work well with other people. They also look for people who have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Costs to workers

Instructional coordinators may need to pay for professional development including continuing education or advanced degree programs.


Coordinators who serve as program administrators may be required to be certified by their school district. Requirements for different types of administrator certification vary.

For more information, contact:

Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Professional Education and Certification (external link)

Old Capitol Building
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Instructional coordinators (SOC 25-9031)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $20.06 $25.12 $31.87 $38.17 $47.19
Monthly $3,476 $4,353 $5,523 $6,615 $8,178
Yearly $41,730 $52,250 $66,280 $79,400 $98,150
    Bellingham Hourly $17.12 $20.71 $26.44 $30.80 $35.68
Monthly $2,967 $3,589 $4,582 $5,338 $6,183
Yearly $35,610 $43,097 $55,006 $64,060 $74,220
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $19.89 $22.40 $28.87 $38.03 $45.71
Monthly $3,447 $3,882 $5,003 $6,591 $7,922
Yearly $41,368 $46,588 $60,051 $79,099 $95,089
    Clarkston-Lewiston Hourly (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
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    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $25.03 $29.12 $34.16 $38.80 $50.23
Monthly $4,338 $5,046 $5,920 $6,724 $8,705
Yearly $52,058 $60,557 $71,058 $80,706 $104,475
    Longview Hourly $26.13 $29.82 $34.33 $38.79 $45.49
Monthly $4,528 $5,168 $5,949 $6,722 $7,883
Yearly $54,336 $62,030 $71,407 $80,693 $94,619
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $16.17 $18.22 $31.55 $36.43 $39.12
Monthly $2,802 $3,158 $5,468 $6,313 $6,779
Yearly $33,625 $37,894 $65,615 $75,773 $81,359
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $16.96 $22.08 $31.28 $37.38 $41.66
Monthly $2,939 $3,826 $5,421 $6,478 $7,220
Yearly $35,279 $45,922 $65,062 $77,754 $86,654
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $21.96 $27.04 $34.03 $40.22 $50.46
Monthly $3,806 $4,686 $5,897 $6,970 $8,745
Yearly $45,662 $56,247 $70,781 $83,648 $104,973
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $20.76 $24.54 $30.06 $36.26 $40.81
Monthly $3,598 $4,253 $5,209 $6,284 $7,072
Yearly $43,175 $51,047 $62,535 $75,424 $84,882
    Vancouver Hourly $20.63 $28.55 $36.31 $45.22 $54.61
Monthly $3,575 $4,948 $6,293 $7,837 $9,464
Yearly $42,924 $59,379 $75,534 $94,060 $113,590
    Walla Walla Hourly $17.14 $21.58 $26.95 $30.97 $45.33
Monthly $2,970 $3,740 $4,670 $5,367 $7,856
Yearly $35,664 $44,885 $56,057 $64,419 $94,278
    Wenatchee Hourly $18.79 $22.46 $28.37 $38.54 $46.94
Monthly $3,256 $3,892 $4,917 $6,679 $8,135
Yearly $39,080 $46,734 $58,995 $80,165 $97,651
    Yakima Hourly $19.96 $23.80 $31.17 $39.89 $51.33
Monthly $3,459 $4,125 $5,402 $6,913 $8,895
Yearly $41,529 $49,495 $64,844 $82,969 $106,766
United States Hourly $17.48 $23.69 $30.98 $39.83 $49.13
Monthly $3,029 $4,105 $5,369 $6,903 $8,514
Yearly $36,360 $49,280 $64,450 $82,860 $102,200

(1) Wage estimate is not available.

Wages vary by employer and area of the country. The coordinator's level of experience and responsibility also affect wages.

Instructional coordinators who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Instructional Coordinators (SOC 25-9031)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 2,274 18.1% 16.1% 302
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 51 19.6% 13.4% 7
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 122 3.3% 8.6% 11
    Benton and Franklin Counties 75 20.0% 15.0% 10
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 74 14.9% 11.9% 9
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 153 19.0% 15.2% 20
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 74 18.9% 14.1% 9
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 138 18.1% 14.6% 18
    King County 1,078 22.4% 19.6% 154
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 91 18.7% 13.8% 12
    Pierce County 157 17.2% 15.2% 20
    Snohomish County 167 17.4% 12.4% 22
    Spokane County 172 7.6% 13.9% 18
United States 181,600 6.3% 5.2% 18,600

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Growth is expected to be steady as schools increasingly focus on improving teachers effectiveness. This increases the need for new curriculum and teacher mentoring. As schools seek additional training for teachers, demand will remain steady.

Employment growth for instructional coordinators will depend on state and local government budgets. When state and local governments have budget deficits, they may lay off employees, including instructional coordinators. As a result, employment growth may be slowed.

Other resources

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (external link)
20 W. 8th Street, Suite 101
Bloomington, IN 47404-3745
Council for Exceptional Children (external link)
3100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201-5332
Education World (external link)


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