Over your life, you've probably encountered many education administrators - principals, school superintendents, program directors, or college deans. But, have you ever thought about what goes into working in these roles? Education administrators run the day-to day management of day care centers, preschools, schools, and colleges and universities. Their jobs are very challenging but immensely rewarding.
In order to ensure that the operations of the educational institution run smoothly, these key administrators perform a variety of duties. These include hiring and supervising teachers, creating school rules and policies, planning academic calendars, and overseeing student recruitment and admissions. They frequently serve as a supervisor for managers and support other faculty, such as librarians, coaches, teachers, and aids. They may also be expected to get involved in public relations and oversee other services such as financial aid and campus housing.
Successful administrators are skilled leaders with strong communication, organization, and time-management skills. They are comfortable making both day-to-day and long-term decisions. They also interact effectively with students, parents, teachers, and community members.
In most states, if you're looking to be an education administrator, you'll need a Bachelor's degree in either education or a major relating to a school subject you will teach, a teaching certificate or license, a Master's degree (or higher) in education leadership or administration and a principal's certificate or license. Most education requirements to work in private schools or higher education will be the same but the licensing requirements may vary based on the organization.