Educational technology professionals are a type of instructional coordinator that specialize in developing and implementing the use of technological tools in the classroom as well as training teachers in the use of these new technologies.
Educational technology professionals may also be known as instructional coordinators, technology coordinators, or technology integration specialists. They play a key role in improving the quality of education by evaluating, developing, and implementing updated curricula, by integrating new technologies into the classroom, and by providing ongoing training to instructors.
These professionals usually hold a master's degree related to education and have completed some coursework in instructional design and the use of technology in education. State licensure as a teacher or educational administrator may also be needed to work as an educational technology professional in a public school.
|Required Education||Master's degree related to education|
|Other Requirements||State licensure|
|Projected Job Growth||7% for all instructional coordinators from 2014-2024*|
|Median Salary (2015)||$62,270 annually for all instructional coordinators*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Educational technology professionals continuously evaluate existing curricula and educational programs. Where needed, these educators refresh curricula and programs using new texts and materials, new technologies, and other resources. They also train teachers in the use of new technologies and material, as well as in new teaching methods. Educational technology professionals also monitor newly implemented programs to ensure expectations are satisfied and that state education requirements are met.
These professionals commonly work for public school districts, where they serve many schools within the district. They work closely with teachers and administrators in developing and implementing their improvement plans.
Preparation for a career as an educational technology professional typically requires at least a master's degree in education or related field. In addition to courses in a single subject, such as math or the natural sciences, these master's degree programs typically include such courses as emerging interactive technologies, instructional design, learning theory, and technology planning.
Educational technology professionals who work for a public school district must also obtain a state-issued license. Some states issue a teaching license to practicing educational technology professionals, while others issue an education administrator license.
Job Outlook and Salary Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, from 2014-2024, employment was expected to increase by 7% for instructional coordinators, which is about average. As of May 2015, the BLS stated that the median annual salary for instructional coordinators was $62,270.
Educational technology professionals typically need a master's degree in education or a related field as well as a teaching license. Educational technology professionals work at elementary and secondary schools, often in public school districts.