What are the instructional coaching requirements? Depending on what type of instructional coaching you want to do and the requirements of your district or school, the definition and qualifications for becoming an instructional coach can be different. Let’s talk about what degree you need in order to become an instructional coach, as well as any certifications or experiences you can add to your resume. What to look for in this post: Instructional coaching titles and responsibilities What degree do instructional coaches need? Instructional coaching certification programs If you prefer to hear me talk through this, here is a video featuring all of this content: [0:29] Instructional coaching titles and responsibilities First, let me say that the title of “instructional coach” can cover a variety of actual job responsibilities. Sometimes a different title may be used, such as “literacy coach”, “math coach”, or “instructional specialist”. You may need to research different districts in you...
Are you wondering what steps to take toward becoming an instructional coach? These 7 tips will help you build experience for instructional coaching interviews. What to look for in this post: Diversify your experience Try new things Take on additional responsibilities Lead professional learning Begin coaching work Shadow a coach Start reading If you prefer to hear me talk through this, here is a video featuring all of this content: [0:34] Diversify your experience to prepare for instructional coaching If you have only ever taught one grade level or subject area, I would recommend switching it up. I taught fifth grade math, kindergarten, and then third grade math. So even though my specialty was in the area of mathematics, I still got some different experiences teaching three different grade levels. I worked with different teams, and I had to start over a couple times. Diversifying your teaching experience is important, because chances are you won’t be coaching just one grade level or su...
  Are you looking for some tips to help you prepare for your instructional coaching interview? This is Part 4 in our series about how to become an instructional coach. You will find tips to help you prepare for instructional coach interview questions and answers that may come up. At the end, you’ll find some quick tips to make sure you really stand out! What to look for in this post: General instructional coach interview tips Interview questions and answers for an instructional coach position Experience Curriculum Collaboration/Relationships Time Management Professional Learning Quick tips to prepare for an instructional coach interview Use the job description Know the school Go in with a plan Keep calm Prepare 1-2 questions Additional instructional coaching resources If you prefer to hear me talk through this, here is a video featuring all of this content: [1:01] General instructional coach interview tips Of course different interviewers will ask different questions, so no list will b...