Occ. Code 3920530  









New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




          Education Supervisors are characterized by the supervision of a professional instructional staff, the placement and evaluation of students, and the planning and evaluation of an education program.  The size of the subordinate staff may vary among positions in these classes due to the number of students served and the organizational structure of the education program.  Typically, incumbents supervise a staff of teachers and instructors constituting a major education segment or field of a larger education program directed by an Education Director.  However, they may supervise as few as six teachers and instructors in an autonomous education program, and may serve as the top education specialist responsible for the supervision and administration of a small education program.    




Classification of positions in this standard are distinguished from one another by the subject matter or field taught and/or the type of student taught in the education program.  However, any one position in these classes may supervise a mixed group of teachers or instructors concerned with the other specialties.  In such cases, the Education Supervisor is classified based upon the predominant specialty or the most critical knowledge needed.


          EDUCATION SUPERVISORS (GENERAL) are 10-month positions responsible for supervising an academic program (e.g. adult basic education, adult general education development, and special education) at the elementary and/or secondary school level. 


          EDUCATION SUPERVISORS (VOCATIONAL) are 10-month positions responsible for supervising the vocational program (e.g. electrical, plumbing, masonry, etc.) in correctional facilities of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).




          Education Counselors perform activities and tasks related to the guidance, placement, and direction of students within a large education program.  Where the size of the program does not support classification of Education Counselors, these duties are performed by Education Supervisors. 


          Teachers and Vocational Instructors perform activities and tasks concerning the actual delivery of instructional services to students. 


           In many agencies, positions in the Training Technician series plan, deliver, and evaluate training programs designed to improve the knowledge and skills of agency employees. 




Supervises a facility’s education program:


·       Assigns teachers and vocational instructors to specific classes and courses according to their qualifications.


·       Assists staff in planning course outlines and curricula by defining goals and objectives and providing available material in those fields.


·       Reviews teaching staff’s prepared outlines and curricula for adherence to program goals and objectives and individual student development programs.









Evaluates teachers or instructors in program areas:








Determines students’ needs and evaluates their progress in the education program.











Prepares various reports concerning program area, courses, students, and staff as requested and represents the education program on various committees within the facility and agency, and with outside community agencies.







Supervises the activities of school library in a small, autonomous education program.










          Education Supervisors have frequent oral and written communications with members of the teaching staff providing evaluation reports, attending periodic meetings to discuss problems, planning teaching methods and exchanging information.  They have frequent oral and written communication with the Education Director or other supervisor, providing reports on the status of their program area and attending meetings to exchange information and discuss problems. 


          On occasion, Education Supervisors may speak before community groups to discuss the facility’s education program.




          Education Supervisors supervise teachers through periodic classroom observation and written evaluation of their performance, review of written reports on students’ progress and periodic meetings to discuss course outlines, curriculum, teaching methods, and specific problems.  In the case of probationary teacher observations, evaluations and meetings are held much more frequently than with permanent teachers.


          They are supervised by Education Directors, “Chief of Service,” or an administrative type position which is responsible for setting overall goals and objective of the education program.  Education Supervisors submit written reports concerning the status of their program, number of students, status of teaching staff and specific accomplishments and problems.  They also periodically meet to discuss recommendations for changes in the program and to deal with specific problems which exist with students, teachers or counselors. 






Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as a Teacher 4, Vocational Instructor 4, Youth Education Coordinator or Education Counselor AND a permanent School District Administrator certificate, a provisional or permanent School Administrator and Supervisor certificate, a provisional or permanent Principal certificate, or a provisional or permanent Supervisor certificate, issued by the NYS Education Department.




Promotion: must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and have one year of permanent competitive service as a Teacher 4 or Vocational Instructor 4 AND a permanent/professional teaching certificate, issued by the New York State Education Department, valid for vocational, commercial subjects, business and distributive education or Business and Marketing, industrial arts, or Provisional/Permanent Career and Technical Education Certificate, and have completed six graduate or undergraduate hours in educational supervision, education administration and/or educational guidance.


Rev:  7/18


NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.