Education program directors have many responsibilities. They typically work in school settings, although preschools and alternative schools also have education program directors. They are responsible for helping to develop and maintain the academic curriculum and must oversee the educational standards that their school is trying to reach.
Education program directors will select, or in some cases create, an academic curriculum for each grade to implement during the school year. This involves researching many different options and selecting the one that works the best for the students the school services. They must also choose educational resources to accompany or supplement the curriculum.
Once a curriculum is selected, education program directors are typically responsible for training the teachers on how to use the materials and implement the curriculum in their classrooms. They will often provide multiple workshops so that teachers are trained and prepared before school begins. Throughout the school year, they usually check in with the teachers and discuss student responsiveness and success. This helps the reflection process when it comes time to determine whether the current curriculum is working or it needs to be changed.
Some school districts hire one education program director to oversee all subjects while others select a person for each separate school subject. For instance, there may be one education program director for math and another for reading and writing. There are also separate education program directors for special education since it comprises such a large group of students who need to have specialized support. Education program directors typically need to hold at least a bachelor’s degree in the field they are advising; masters degrees are often preferable. Some years of classroom teaching or education administration are usually also required.
Education Program Director Tasks
- Train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of instructors teaching in a program.
- Oversee the development, selection, and implementation of curriculum.
- Lead and coordinate the educational programming for students at a school or in a training program.
- Manage budgets for educational programs and curriculum development.