Curriculum directors are integral parts of education system and work with schools and groups of schools to develop educational guidelines for individual teachers to follow in order to optimize education. These guidelines must always fall within the regulations of the particular state, which dictate what must be taught in each year of school, though curriculum directors do have input regarding how these guidelines are put into practice. Curriculum directors' specific tasks may include creating long-term strategic goals with senior management, assist with training and professional development for educators, evaluate and rework content as needed, and serve as a resource to managers and educators as required.
Candidates for the position often have extensive experience in education, including teaching credentials. Strong attention to detail is important, as the directions they set forth must be all-inclusive and detail-oriented so all teachers can follow them. Finally, curriculum directors must be able to work well with others and on teams; creating a curriculum is a constant back-and-forth process between the creator and the teachers who use it, and these directors must be able to take constructive criticism and adjust accordingly to improve their work for both teachers and students.
Curriculum Director Tasks
Design, organize, and implement a research-based curriculum.
Recruit, interview, and evaluate new staff members consistent with the program's goals or objectives.
Review curriculum progress, offer additional insight or strategies, and make recommendations.
Evaluate the efficiency and success of the curriculum using internal or external metrics.