Education & Training

Curriculum Developer

Curriculum developers carry out educational research in order to develop and implement new material for students to learn and study.

  • Entry-level education

    Master’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Curriculum Developer do?

Curriculum developers carry out educational research in order to develop and implement new material for students to learn and study.

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Work activities

As a curriculum developer, you would:

  • develop new courses and programs as part of an educational curriculum
  • develop procedures for teachers to implement curriculum changes
  • train teachers on new content, materials, teaching aids and procedures
  • discuss the implementation of curriculum standards with school staff
  • carry out observational assessments of teachers
  • analyse student test data
  • conduct or attend workshops with specialist educational committees and advisory groups
  • write up and present recommendations
  • review and recommend textbooks and other educational materials
  • recommend appropriate new teaching techniques and the use of different or new technologies
  • mentor or coach teachers to improve their skills.
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Key skills and interests

To become a curriculum developer, you would need:

  • strong subject matter knowledge in your curriculum specialty
  • good research and observational skills
  • an interest in education and welfare
  • strong teamwork skills
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work under pressure.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Curriculum developers usually work a standard number of hours per week with some weekend or evening work required for conferences, meetings or workshops.

Conditions

Curriculum developers work for State education departments, national curriculum bodies, private schools and specialist education publishers. You would usually be based in an office but spend a substantial portion of your time in, or visiting, school environments observing teachers and students.

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How to become an Curriculum Developer?

Entry Level Education

  • Master’s degree

You need to have extensive experience in a teaching role before becoming a curriculum developer.

Most curriculum developers have a master’s degree, typically in education or curriculum and instruction. For entry to these programs, candidates usually need a bachelor’s degree in education, or a degree in the field they plan to specialise in, such as math or history, followed by a post-graduate teaching qualification.

To get into bachelor's degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

From 2016, minimum standards apply in some States for senior secondary school results, including in English, for applicants wanting to undertake an accredited undergraduate teaching degree.

On successful completion of your degree, you would also need to be accredited by the board of studies in your State.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of curriculum developers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth is expected as governments and schools focus on evaluating and improving curricula and teachers’ effectiveness. Some schools also provide training for teachers in curriculum changes or teaching techniques.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for consistent national curriculum standards, and is currently and progressively developing and implementing the national curriculum across all school years.

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