What is an instructional designer? An instructional designer is basically a teacher for a company or corporation. They create curriculum to train internal employees or clients on whatever the company asks them to. This is a really great job to transition from if you are a teacher looking for another job. Let’s do a deep dive into Instructional Designer positions for teachers. If you want to learn more about other jobs that hire teachers, make sure to sign up for my newsletter below!
Who would be a good fit for this position?
Many teachers would make great instructional designers. If you love teaching but wanted to work with adults, this will be a great fit for you. This is also great for those who enjoy designing visually attractive lessons for students. This is because some graphic design skills will be necessary to create quality branded content. Instructional design positions are usually more tech savvy – if you struggle with technology this will not be a good fit.
Skills You Need To Become An Instructional Designer
A lot of instructional designer positions are very tech focused. This may be an area that you should brush up on! Learning video editing skills, LMSs, and programs such as Articulate are all good ideas. You can take quick courses online (Articulate courses usually only last a few hours). Practice these skills by trying free trials of many of the programs. If you know any start ups or small businesses, offer to become their instructional designer part time. Great experience for your resume!
Additional Schooling You May Need
You really won’t need additional schooling past your teaching credential for this position! If you want to take a few night classes on Instructional Design, most colleges have them. You can prove yourself in this field with already created resources to showcase your talent on creating great curriculum.
Companies That Hire Instructional Designers
Most companies that need training hire an instructional designer at one time or another. First, look for companies that you ALREADY know a lot about. Another great option for teachers is to look to educational companies that are creating training materials for teachers. You can create the PD that goes into schools and districts!
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