A curriculum specialist is a teacher leader who is committed to the creation and alignment of curriculum and high quality professional development. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that curriculum specialists will experience a higher than average growth rate through 2020. This projected growth is a positive indication of the importance that school districts are placing on the position of curriculum specialist.
A professional seeking one of the thousands of curriculum specialist jobs across the country can expect to perform many duties including:
Organizes, develops, and coordinates curriculum design. Although school districts primarily adopt published curriculum there is also the need for development of additional curricula. This might be designed to supplement the adopted curriculum or to supplant portions that don't align with the standards. The development of curriculum should be thoughtful and deliberate and involve classroom teachers.
Plans and leads professional development. Those that perform curriculum specialist jobs will lead a variety of professional development opportunities. These sessions may cover curriculum design and implementation, instructional strategies, and assessment methods. The professional development should be made available in a variety of settings such as an entire staff, grade levels, or one-on-one with individual teachers.
Leads teachers in standards based analysis of adopted and created curriculum. Any published curriculum should be carefully analyzed for its alignment with instructional and achievement standards. If there are portions that don't align with the standards, the curriculum specialist can facilitate the creation of supplementary curricula.
Collaborates with teachers to adapt curriculum. Teachers are expected to meet the needs of a variety of learners and should be able to use the adopted curriculum with all students. A curriculum specialist can work with teachers to modify and adapt the curriculum to extend the curriculum for students needing additional challenges and to differentiate for learners who need additional support.
Analyzes assessment data. The curriculum specialist should work with a team of administrators and teachers to analyze classroom and school-wide data to determine effectiveness of curriculum and instruction. There is a correlation between achievement, instruction, and curriculum. The team of administrators, teachers, and the curriculum specialist should work together to disaggregate the data and determine areas for growth.
The Marygrove College Master in the Art of Teaching Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA) program will help to prepare you well for a curriculum specialist position. The CIA coursework is designed to encompass all of the critical thinking, leadership skills, and knowledge required to qualify. If you would like more information, contact an enrollment specialist at (855) 628-6279, today!