Educational Administrator

What Education Administrators Do ?

When most people say education administrator, they are thinking of elementary, middle, and high school principals. Other possibilities may include superintendents and instructional coordinators. At the postsecondary (college) level, education administrator jobs may include admissions, the registrar, student affairs, and academic advising. Job duties may range from building maintenance to setting academic standards, providing teacher training, and ensuring that schools have the necessary resources available to help students succeed. Many education administrators meet with a variety of public officials to seek the resources necessary to meet their goals. They also respond to questions and concerns from members of the community they serve, including students and parents. As a result, they need to be strong multi-taskers with highly developed interpersonal skills.

How to Become an Education Administrator

The first step to become an education administrator is earning a bachelor's degree. Those interested in becoming education administrators at the elementary, middle, or high school level typically earn degrees in education, school counseling, or a related field, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012). They often then work as teachers before applying to a master's degree in education administration or leadership. Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators in addition to having a master's degree. While the requirements for a license vary, a master's degree, a test, and continuing education classes are all common requirements.

Many entry-level positions at colleges and universities require only a bachelor's degree, which can be in a variety of fields including marketing and accounting. No additional licenses are typically required. The equivalent of a principal at the postsecondary level is a provost or dean. Provosts and deans generally have a Ph.D. and experience as a professor, notes the BLS.

Career Earnings :

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012), the median annual nationwide salary for elementary, middle and high school principals was $86,970 in 2010. This is the median wage, which means that the lowest 10 percent of people in the career earned less than $58,300 per year and the top 10 percent earned more than $129,480.

Overall, the field is expected to experience growth of 10 percent at the elementary, middle and high school levels from 2010 through 2020, according to the BLS. Employment of postsecondary education administrators is expected to grow by 19 percent during the same period. This growth is expected to occur mainly due to increases in enrollments. For more information about becoming an education administrator, please click on one of the schools below. Someone should contact you regarding any questions.


Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-2013 Edition), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm#tab-6

Postsecondary Education Administrators, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-2013 Edition), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm#tab-4

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Joint Master of Science in Education - Master of Business Administration
  • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
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  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
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International Education - Doctor of Philosophy in Education
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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Master of Science in Higher Education : College Administration and Leadership
  •  Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  •  Offers a no-obligation, 3-week trial period where students may determine if the university is right for them before they commit to it.
  •  Strives to be a student’s partner in lifelong learning; committed to helping them achieve their goals.
  •  Serves students of all ages, from first-graders learning to read to professionals seeking postgraduate training.
  •  Provides career-oriented diploma through master’s programs in fields such as healthcare, business, legal and paralegal services, information technology, criminal justice and design.
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Initial Educational Administration (EdS)
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  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
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  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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Master's (M.Ed.) - Leadership of Educational Organizations
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  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
  • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
  • Provides IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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