A major in Curriculum & Instruction will give you the tools required to become a Curriculum Specialist. Students will focus on material currently being taught in schools, how it should be taught, and how it aligns to state standards. You will learn the most effective methods of tailoring learning to make it more effective for various subjects, grade levels, and ability levels. You will also learn how to measure the success of curriculums and how they can be improved.
Along with core courses and some education courses, you may take curriculum application, curriculum planning, curriculum evaluation, and curriculum design.
Those interested in developing curriculum and instruction should be up to date on current teaching strategies and the constantly changing classroom environment. This is so that you can enhance curriculum with your educational expertise and content knowledge.
To be successful in this field, organization, time management and multi-tasking are important qualities. Part of the job includes arranging professional development opportunities for teachers. It will also be your task to train teachers to adjust to the latest technology in their classroom and help them learn how to implement new teaching strategies. You will be a key support in many teachers' lives and will be responsible to help them improve their skills. You cannot be easily intimidated by headstrong teachers; instead you need to be flexible and creative in order to appeal to even the most seasoned teacher. Another task you will manage is the evaluation of the curriculum and teaching methods based on analyzing student test data.
This major appeals to those passionate about learning and education, but who want to take a behind-the-scenes position. As a Curriculum & Instruction major, you will stay up to date with the latest state standards and learn methods of teaching the new standards to those in the education field.
A Curriculum Coordinator will work in a school district and may be hired for specific grade levels or subjects. This will allow you to tailor professional development classes for your particular area. Most school districts will require at least a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and some may require a master's degree in your content area. Also, many districts require a minimum number of years as a classroom teacher before becoming a curriculum coordinator. The job growth is faster than average than most jobs and will continue to expand as schools put an emphasis on teacher effectiveness.
Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Curriculum & Instruction might open up.