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Curriculum Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Curriculum Specialist works in a public school district to coordinate curriculum. Works with teachers to develop curriculum that helps students learn effectively and meets state educational standards. Analyzes student assessment data, and chooses textbooks, educational materials, and new technologies to support teaching. May specialize in particular grade levels or subject areas, or education for specific groups of students such as English Language Learners.

Job Outlook

There were 510 Curriculum Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8767 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist industry, which includes the Curriculum Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Curriculum Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $64,174.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $60,845.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Curriculum Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $52,352.

Education and Experience

Posted Curriculum Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree10.39%
Bachelor's Degree48.83%
Master's Degree36.64%
Doctoral Degree5.77%
Other10.15%

Posted Curriculum Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years32.23%
3 to 5 years63.26%
6 to 8 years2.96%
9+ years1.55%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Curriculum Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Teaching (50.56%)
  • Communication (45.06%)
  • Leadership (30.27%)
  • Planning (27.66%)
  • Writing (25.82%)
  • Research (24.46%)
  • Management (22.16%)
  • Coaching (21.43%)
  • Coordinating (18.33%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (17.41%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Curriculum Development (35.16%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Office Equipment (11.17%)
  • Classroom Management (10.52%)
  • Special Education (16.29%)
  • Instructional Strategies (18.28%)
  • Educational Technologies (13.42%)
  • Adult Education (12.34%)
  • Data Analysis (11.96%)
  • Learning Management Systems (10.6%)
  • Biology (1.64%)
  • Instructional Design (14.01%)
  • Project Management (9.32%)
  • Higher Education (4.2%)
  • Lesson Planning (15.18%)
  • Pedagogy (13.12%)
  • Student Information Systems (5.77%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Curriculum Development (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Curriculum Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Instructional Facilitator
  • Instructional Support Specialist
  • Curriculum and Instruction Specialist
  • Instructional Systems Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Curriculum Resource Teacher

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Curriculum Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Selected (212)
  • Clark County School District (174)
  • Getselected (147)
  • School District of Osceola County, Florida (147)
  • Savvas Learning (118)
  • Spectrum Center Schools And Programs (115)
  • Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (90)
  • Oakland Unified School District (89)
  • Charter Schools USA (78)
  • Chicago Public Schools (51)

North Carolina

  • Wake County Public Schools (27)
  • Guilford County Schools (23)
  • Johnston County Public Schools (22)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (19)
  • Franklin County Schools (15)
  • Durham Public Schools (12)
  • Charter Schools USA (12)
  • Chatham County Schools (12)
  • Selected (11)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!