Curriculum developers' duties include authoring academic training material and developing programs of instruction. The area in which they may be employed is not limited to education, however, and there are many research, academic, and government roles that require their own curricula. The curriculum developer's workplace may vary significantly depending on the company and position requirements; for example, it may include testing training procedures in remote areas and/or textbook writing within a company office. Curriculum developers may work directly with colleagues in field roles to receive direct feedback, or they may work alone and make most edits and revisions through virtual feedback.
The educational requirements for this position are usually similar across positions and organizations; they most often include at least a bachelor's degree and relevant experience in the field. An ideal candidate for this role is well versed in modular content development and can interact professionally and effectively with a variety of audiences. The curriculum developer's work hours vary by employer, although deadlines may require extended hours. Curriculum developers often work in an office setting, frequently using a computer, and regularly communicate with their superiors to discuss new material. These professionals must be able to work effectively on their own with minimal supervision and be proficient with basic computer software.
Curriculum Developer Tasks
Develop and update detailed course syllabi and outlines, including resources and materials.
Assist in delivering course content in person or through the web.
Create online course content, troubleshoot problems, and record metrics about usage.
Work with employers, students, and teachers to identify needed technical information and pilot new materials.