Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Works in a public school district to coordinate curriculum and teaching practices. Works with teachers to develop curriculum that helps students learn effectively and meets state educational standards. Coordinates professional development for teachers, 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.
There were 264 Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4898 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist industry, which includes the Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Director of Instruction / 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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,546.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $50,688.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $41,797.
Education and Experience
Posted Director of Instruction / 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.
Posted Director of Instruction / 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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||32%|
|3 to 5 years||60%|
|6 to 8 years||5%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Director of Instruction / 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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (43%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (38%)
- Planning (29%)
- Research (28%)
- Writing (24%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (52%)
- Curriculum Development (10%)
- Special Education (7%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Scheduling (15%)
- Budgeting (14%)
- Customer Service (11%)
- Project Management (9%)
- Data Analysis (7%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Lesson Planning (7%)
- Staff Development (6%)
- Instructional Design (5%)
- Educational Programs (5%)
- Assessment Data (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Curriculum Specialist
- Education Program Specialist
- Educational Specialist
- Learning Coordinator
- Literacy Coach
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.
- Assistant School Principal
- Student Support Administrator
- Director of Special Education
- Reading Teacher
- Elementary and Secondary School Administrator
- School Principal
- Curriculum and Instructional Designer / Developer
- English / Language Arts Teacher
- Special Education Teacher
- Math Teacher
Here are the employers that have posted the most Director of Instruction / Curriculum Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Savvas Learning Company (137)
- Idea Public Schools (53)
- State Iowa (52)
- Topgolf (34)
- University Of California (32)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (25)
- Durham Public Schools (12)
- Guilford County Schools (10)
- Cabarrus County Schools (7)
- Winston Salem County Schools (7)
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!
- Adult and Community College Education Master's Degrees
- Educational Administration and Supervision Doctoral Degrees
- Learning Analytics Graduate Certificates
- Learning Design and Technology Master's Degrees
- School Administration Master's Degrees