Educational Program Director

Plan, develop and administer programs to provide educational opportunities.
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Salary Range
$58,000 – $129,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Educational Program Directors do?

To a student crammed into a tiny desk, the Teacher is the supreme ruler. That’s because the Teacher seems to have the ultimate authority to decide what topics are covered, how they are presented, and how success is measured.

This supremacy is mainly illusory, however. The truth is that an Educational Program Director has most of these powers. The work that an Educational Program Director does is used to help Teachers do their jobs properly.

As an Educational Program Director, you’re responsible for ensuring that the programs your institution provides meet the local, state, and federal laws regarding student education. In order to handle this part of your job, you read reports, journals, and news articles, and you attend many, many conferences. This helps you understand the law you so can plan with ease.

Community members, parents, and even students may have opinions about what they should be taught in class, and periodically, you conduct polls and hold meetings so you can listen to these ideas.

Using all of this information, you detail what sorts of topics should be covered in the classroom and how they should be taught. This planning may be conducted in broad strokes in large schools, but in small schools, you may even choose the books and outline what is taught on a specific day of the week.

In some schools, you’re responsible for hiring, training, and evaluating Teachers. In others, you leave that up to the Principal, Dean, or board of Directors. In all schools, though, you’re expected to hold training sessions to help Teachers reach students more effectively.

Should I be an Educational Program Director?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Instructional Supervisor, Instructional Support Services Director, Special Education Superintendent See More

    How to Become an
    Educational Program Director

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