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Working As An Assistant Principal

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $83,725

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Principal Do

An Assistant Principal works in an educational administration to help the principal in the overall running of the school. They assist in the general administration of the school and support the communication, training, and supervision of the faculty and staff, as well as interpret and enforce school policies.

How To Become An Assistant Principal

Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have work experience as teachers.

Education

Principals typically need a master’s degree in education leadership or education administration. These master’s degree programs prepare future principals to manage staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals, and work with parents and the community. To enter the master’s degree programs, candidates typically need a bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Principals typically need several years of work experience as a teacher. For more information on how to become a teacher, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require a master’s degree. Some states have alternative programs for candidates who do not have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most states also require candidates to pass an exam and a background check.

Principals in private schools are not required to have a state-issued license.

Advancement

An assistant principal can advance to become a principal. Some principals advance to become superintendents, which may require completion of additional education. Others become instructional coordinators.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Principals must communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. For example, when dealing with student disciplinary or academic issues, they consult with and listen to parents and teachers to understand the problem.

Critical-thinking skills. Principals analyze student test results and testing procedures to determine if improvements are needed. They must assess the available options and choose the best means to help students achieve better results.

Decisionmaking skills. Because principals are responsible for students, staff members, and the overall operation of the school, they consider many factors when making decisions.

Interpersonal skills. Because principals work with teachers, parents, and superintendents, they must be able to develop positive working relationships with them.

Leadership skills. Principals set educational goals and establish policies and procedures for the school. They need to be able to motivate teachers and other staff to achieve set goals.

Problem-solving skills. Teachers, students, and other staff members report problems to the principal. Principals need to be able to analyze problems, and develop and implement appropriate solutions.

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Real Assistant Principal Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Principal Surveyor American Bureau of Shipping Mobile, AL May 17, 2016 $110,947
Assistant Principal The Principia Saint Louis, MO Jul 01, 2014 $110,000
Assistant Principal Brooklyn Amity School New York, NY Nov 15, 2016 $95,037
Assistant Principal Charter Schools USA, Inc. Royal Palm Beach, FL Oct 29, 2014 $92,270
Assistant Principal Charter Schools USA, Inc. Royal Palm Beach, FL Oct 18, 2014 $92,270
Assistant Principal Horizon Science Academy-Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Dec 20, 2016 $83,613
Assistant Principal Imagine Schools, Inc. Washington, DC May 22, 2013 $82,392
Assistant Principal Bridges Public Charter School Washington, DC Feb 09, 2016 $80,000
Assistant Principal New Design Charter School Los Angeles, CA Aug 15, 2014 $79,220
Assistant Principal of Specialized Services Clymer Elementary-Mastery Charter School Philadelphia, PA Sep 14, 2015 $77,680 -
$108,000
Assistant Principal Minnesota Math and Science Academy Saint Paul, MN Sep 18, 2016 $76,540
Assistant Principal Mm1 Inc. Center Line, MI Sep 28, 2016 $74,500
Assistant Principal North Davis Preparatory Academy Layton, UT Aug 30, 2016 $73,573
Assistant Principal North Davis Preparatory Academy Layton, UT Oct 06, 2016 $73,573
Assistant Principal Wilson County Schools Elm City, NC Aug 14, 2016 $65,177
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Science-Houston Sugar Land, TX Aug 01, 2016 $64,890
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Discovery Houston, TX Aug 11, 2016 $64,890
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Science-Houston Sugar Land, TX Jan 08, 2016 $64,890
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Discovery Houston, TX Nov 08, 2016 $64,890
Assistant Principal Wilson County Schools Elm City, NC Aug 17, 2015 $64,214
Assistant Principal Sonoran Science Academy Broadway Tucson, AZ Apr 17, 2015 $64,157
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Excellence-Dallas Carrollton, TX Sep 22, 2015 $64,000
Assistant Principal Little Scholars of Arkansas Little Rock, AR Mar 08, 2015 $62,050
Assistant Principal Little Scholars of Arkansas Little Rock, AR Aug 03, 2015 $62,050
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Discovery Houston, TX Aug 12, 2014 $62,010
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth Fort Worth, TX Sep 21, 2013 $62,010
Assistant Principal Harmony Science Academy-Euless Euless, TX Aug 12, 2013 $62,010
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth Fort Worth, TX Sep 02, 2013 $62,010
Assistant Principal Harmony School of Discovery Houston, TX Dec 08, 2014 $62,010

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Top Skills for An Assistant Principal

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Top Assistant Principal Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Professional Development Activities
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide administrative support to the high school principal with major responsibilities for curriculum development, student activities and student discipline
  • Create and develop professional development activities for differentiated learning strategies and measurements for student improvement and growth.
  • Created an immediate feedback form for instructional delivery and classroom management.
  • Worked closely with the School Resource Officer on safety, security and evacuations.
  • Supervised the special education department and was involved in all special education meetings and decisions.

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