Occ. Code 3920901







New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard



Education Directors plan, direct and coordinate all educational activities in a State institution or facility. Education activities may include one or more of the following: elementary and/or secondary school programs, programs designed for the mentally defective, vocational programs, physical education and recreation programs and education counseling.

Positions in these classes exist in institutional education programs in the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Correctional Services, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Office of Children and Family Services.


Within the framework of agency policy and guidelines, Education Directors determine institution education policy, set education goals, oversee curriculum development, assign students to phases within the program, maintain in-service training programs for the education staff, prepare the education program budget, coordinate the education program with other institution programs and coordinate the placement of students into community schools where possible.

The two classes of Education Director described in this standard are distinguished by size and scope of the education program. Education Directors 1 oversee educational programs having between 13 and 50 full-time professional teachers, instructors, education counselors and school librarians. In small education programs of less than 20 professional positions, an Education Director 1 is the only supervisory education position and performs activities similar to those described in the Education Supervisor Standard #3920530 as well as the activities described in this Standard. Education Directors 2 oversee the largest educational programs having over 50 full-time professional teachers, instructors, supervisors, education counselors and school librarians.

The classes described in this Standard are distinguished from those of the classes of Education Supervisor by the size and scope of the program supervised. Education Supervisors typically supervise a group of teachers and/or instructors within an educational field in an extensive education program under an Education Director. Education Supervisors approve teacher and instructor prepared course outlines and curriculum, observe and evaluate teacher performance, schedule students into classes in their field, oversee the keeping of records of student advancement and progress, and coordinate their field with other fields in the education program. In a small education program having fewer than 13 teachers, instructors, education counselors and school librarians, Education Supervisors are the highest level educational position in the program and perform some additional administrative tasks similar to those described in this Standard.

The four levels of Teacher and Vocational Instructor perform activities and tasks concerned with the actual delivery of instructional services to students. These classes are described in detail in Classification Standards Occupational Codes 3965040 and 3931040 respectively.

There are a number of classes which provide instructional services to agency employees. 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. Other series of such training classes include Agency Training and Development Specialists and Mental Hygiene Staff Development Specialists.


Within overall agency educational policies and guidelines, establishes educational policies and goals for the institution according to the type of students served.

Supervises the education staff of the facility.

Controls the hiring of staff within the education program.

Provides in-service training for education staff.

Insures that each student within the education program is provided the opportunity for maximum development.

Prepares requests for funds and administers the budget for the facility’s education program.

Supervises school library staff as required.

Supervises education counseling staff as required.

Prepares various reports concerning education programs.

Represents education program on institution and agency committees and before the general public.


Within the education program, Education Directors have frequent oral and written communication with Education Supervisors regarding the progress of students, evaluation of teacher and instructor performance, specific problems that exist in their area and providing them with written guidelines, rules and regulations. They also have frequent oral and written communications with the instructional staff regarding the progress of individual students, evaluation of their performance and specific problems in their classes. Education Directors have oral communication with students discussing their progress and development and any specific problems with courses and teachers.

Outside the education program Education Directors participate in discussions with other members of the program staff to develop student programs, assess student development and progress within the programs, discuss teacher recommendations for changes and determine if community school placement is feasible. They also participate in discussions with facility committees to set facility rules and disciplinary procedures, and with agency education committees responsible for assigning and overseeing curriculum development and approving curriculum. On occasion, Education Directors may speak before interested community groups to discuss facility education programs.


Education Directors supervise an educational staff which includes all or some of the following: Education Supervisors, Teachers, Vocational Instructors, Education Counselors, school librarians, teaching assistants and teacher aides. They set educational policy within the institution, review written reports submitted by the subordinate supervisors concerning the status of their area, number of students, status of the teaching staff and specific problems and accomplishments, and discuss recommendations for changes in the supervisor’s area and changes in an individual student’s program. Education Directors provide written guidelines for the preparation of course outlines and curricula, and approve all teacher and instructor prepared material. Where there are subordinate supervisors, the Director informally observes teachers’ and instructors’ performance and makes evaluations regarding their classroom performance based on personal observations and the supervisor’s observations and evaluations. Where the Director is the sole supervisory education position, the incumbent supervises the instructional staff in a similar manner as the Education Supervisor and holds periodic meetings with teachers and instructors to discuss course outlines, curriculum and teacher presentations. Education Directors assign education counselors to students, discuss students’ programs and progress with counselor and periodically review caseload to reassign counselors as necessary. Education Directors determine, in discussions with the school librarian, the type of material and services needed, approve acquisitions within those needs, review work reports of library use and discuss changes to reflect uses and student requests.

Education Directors are supervised by higher level administrative positions such as Institution Directors, Deputy Directors and Deputy Superintendents. They submit reports on the number and status of the school personnel, number of students in the program, courses offered, accomplishments and problems of the school, and the annual budget. Similar periodic reports may be submitted to the main office education bureau. Agency educational policies and guidelines are determined by the main office education bureau, but within a facility Education Directors set educational policies and goals.


One year of permanent competitive service as an Education Supervisor, any parenthetic class, and possession of permanent school administrator or supervisor certificate issued by the New York State Education Department or a permanent school district administrator certificate issued by the New York State Education Department.

For positions in Department of Mental Hygiene Psychiatric Centers, candidates must have one year of supervisory or administrative experience in an education program for the emotionally handicapped and have completed at least ten additional graduate credit hours in approved courses.



 Reviewed: 9/02


 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.