Administration

Educational administrators are leaders. They are the reason that schools and school districts have uniform goals and procedures, and that teachers can more effectively help students succeed. Learn about becoming a principal or entering other administrative roles in our educational system.

Administration

Educational administrators are leaders. They are the reason that schools and school districts have uniform goals and procedures, and that teachers can more effectively help students succeed. Learn about becoming a principal or entering other administrative roles in our educational system.

Online Degrees for Educational Administrators

School principals are like the CEOs of their schools, and they need at least a master’s degree in educational leadership or admin to enter this field. If you’re currently working and want to know how to fit an advanced degree into your schedule, an online master’s degree might be the most efficient way for you to get the education you need.

Salary and Job Growth

Salary Information

School principals have a lot of responsibility, and whether they work in elementary, middle or high school, they make a good salary for the important work they do.

There were over, 240,000 principals in the U.S. in 2014, and they earned a median salary of $89,540 per year. Certain school districts and cities pay even more to attract the most qualified applicants.

Job Growth information

School principals should see job growth of 6 percent in the profession between 2014 and 2024, and this job growth represents 14,000 additional jobs.

There should be even more job opportunity if you factor in vice or assistant principals, and other administrative positions in schools and school districts.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
*The salary information listed is based on national median salaries, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Teaching Career Skills

You're a leader, but you know how to listen

You're a good "people person"

You're a creative problem solver

You like making systems work better

You have a vision, but are willing to discuss

You want to improve education for students AND teachers

You know how the school system works

You believe in the power of education

Work Environment

What makes a good principal?

There are many working styles for principals, but the most successful ones are fair and honest, and just want the best for their schools. They’re equally happy helping teachers, dealing with student issues, and talking to parents and other admin. Principals are firm when they know that their policy is the right choice, but they listen to all sides of a debate and are willing to negotiate.

What's the job like?

Public school principals implement programs and standards required by their school district, state or the federal government. They assess student achievement and teacher performance, and prepare reports for the entities that require them. Principals oversee other programs in their school like counseling, special education and after-school activities.

Day in the Life

Principals manage everything that goes on in their schools. They make sure that there are enough teachers to teach all classes and ensure that their teachers have the tools they need to succeed. They evaluate and mentor teachers, and find them additional resources if they need help. Principals meet with parents, students and outside groups. They also manage the school budget and coordinate security.

Program Overview

A master’s in educational administration or leadership will give you the background you need to succeed as a principal or assistant principal in a K-12 school. For your degree, you’ll first identify your career goals and consult with a faculty advisor to select specific elective courses, which complement your other educational administration courses.

What You’ll Study

A master’s in educational leadership is designed to meet the needs of experienced practitioners who want to deepen their professional knowledge and contribute more to the educational goals of their schools. If you want to get an M.Ed., you’ll normally need to be a licensed teacher or have K-12 classroom teaching experience in a public or private school.

Length of Program

To become a principal, you’ll need at least a master’s degree in educational administration or leadership. These degrees are normally about 30-40 credits, and most people finish their master’s degree in about two years, although some people take longer depending on their circumstances. And don’t forget about the many convenient online master’s degrees in educational leadership.

Sample Classes

HAs a future principal, you’ll take specialized coursework for educational administrators:

  • Education in American Society
  • Understanding Educational Research
  • Data-driven Leadership
  • Education Law
  • HR Management
  • Staff Evaluation & Development
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Special Ed Leadership

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