78-Education methods specialists

Job Title: 

Education methods specialists

Job Description: 

Plan, research, develop and advise on educational course materials, curricula, technology use and teaching / learning methods.


Education methods specialists conduct research and develop or advise on teaching methods, courses and aids. They review and examine teachers? work, the functioning of educational institutions and the results achieved and recommend changes and improvements. They may also develop instructional materials and products, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses, as well assisting educational professionals in learning about and becoming proficient in, applying and integrating instructional technology in teaching delivery. Included also in this occupational group is educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • researching into current developments in curricula, teaching methods and other educational practices, and advising on necessary changes and possible improvements
  • evaluating and advising on contents of courses and methods of examination
  • researching into audio-visual and other teaching aids and advising on, planning and organizing their introduction in educational establishments
  • documenting subjects and courses developed, and evaluating new courses
  • providing ongoing professional development, training and consultative services to teachers
  • organizing and conducting workshops and conferences to train teachers in new programs and methods
  • developing the structure, content and objectives of new educational courses and programs
  • visiting schools periodically and conferring with administrative and teaching staff on questions relating to curricula, teaching methods, equipment and other matters
  • visiting classrooms to observe teaching techniques and to evaluate teachers performance, assess the suitability of teachers for promotion or further training, and scholastic results obtained
  • preparing reports and making recommendations to educational authorities concerning possible changes and improvements in curricula, teaching methods, and other matters.

Advanced specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Advanced knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Higher knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Higher knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively recognizing and responding to the management of highly complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Higher skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate recommendations and/or relevant alternatives
  • Manage advanced relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Advanced skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop abstract concepts and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience
  • Higher negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex unpredictable and/or abstract problems
  • Communicate with influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed advanced oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well recognize and implement ethical standards to highly complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed higher organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Work indoors in offices and classrooms. They usually work regular hours, but may be required for evenings and on weekends. The work may be stressful.


    Bachelor of Education or field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent and in some instances may require a post graduate qualification in education and/or speciality subject area.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 - 7 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Education Council, Ministry of education, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Ministry of Education, NIVE, ADVETI, Zayed University, UAEU, Higher Colleges of Technology, Institute of Applied Technology

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Curriculum coordinator - Curriculum developer - Education methods specialist - Schools inspector - Teaching aids specialist
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Curriculum director - Instructional systems specialist - Curriculum specialist - Curriculum and instruction director - Education specialist - Program administrator - School standards coach - Career technical supervisor - Curriculum and assessment director - Education officer - Educational psychologist - School counsellor - Student advisor

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Government, public administration and education services
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi