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As a teacher, you have an important role to play in ensuring that future generations are prepared for success.
But have you considered moving to an administrative position where there is the potential to make an even greater impact—and earn a higher salary?
Here’s a brief overview of the job outlook for education administrators and the skills required to get there.
Teachers looking to move into education administration and leadership might consider a position such as director of admissions, athletic director, or dean of students. The job outlook and hiring growth for these positions is determined by whether a district is growing or shrinking and the number of administrators approaching retirement.
The following administrative positions have specific job growth predictions as outlined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics*:
Once you get started in an administrative leadership role, opportunities for career advancement continue, as assistant principals become principals, principals assume district-wide roles, and a few rise to become the superintendent of a school system. In higher education settings, administrators often have a similar progression from overseeing one academic area to broader responsibilities as dean of students, provost, or even university president.
K-12 administrative positions frequently require former teachers to add new skills they may not have developed when their responsibility was limited to the classroom. Among them:
Perhaps the most important skill an education administrator needs to demonstrate is leadership. That means taking on the responsibilities of advisor, guide, and role model even before you step into your first administrative job. Seasoned administrator Roland S. Barth wrote an article for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) where he outlined a great need for a new brand of teacher leadership. Demonstrating leadership initiative—even in your role as classroom teacher—can prepare you for the next step in your career.
There are several paths to administrative leadership, with various requirements depending on the position you seek.
A Master’s in Educational Administration Leadership provides advanced skills to support your desire to move beyond the classroom and into an administrator role that provides leadership for the entire school—not just one group of students. As education evolves, so will the decisions and systems for success—leaders with skills to support these changes can be more valuable to employers and bring a fresh perspective to the education landscape.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.