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Working As A K-12 School 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A K-12 School Principal Do

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Duties

Elementary, middle, and high school principals typically do the following:

  • Manage school activities and staff, including teachers and support personnel
  • Establish and oversee class schedules
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curriculum standards
  • Counsel and discipline students
  • Observe teachers and classroom activities
  • Assist teachers in managing students’ behavior
  • Evaluate teachers’ performance
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss students’ progress and behavior
  • Assess and prepare reports on test scores and other student achievement data
  • Organize professional development programs and workshops for staff
  • Manage the school’s budget, order school supplies, and schedule maintenance
  • Establish and coordinate security procedures for students, staff, and visitors

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage the overall operation of schools, including building maintenance and cafeteria services. They set and oversee academic goals and ensure that teachers have the necessary equipment and resources. In public schools, principals also implement standards and programs set by the school district, state, and/or federal regulations. They evaluate and prepare reports on their school’s performance based on these standards by assessing student achievement and teacher performance. Principals may establish and oversee additional programs in their school, such as counseling, special education programs, and before- and after-school childcare programs.

Principals serve as the public face of their school. They meet with superintendents, legislators, and members of the community to request or explain funding for their schools. They also address the concerns of parents and members of the community.

The duties of principals vary by the size of the school and district. In larger schools and districts, principals have additional resources and staff to help them achieve goals. For example, large school districts often have instructional coordinators who help with data analysis and with teachers’ professional development. Principals also may have staff who oversee the hiring process of all school personnel, including teachers, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Principals in small school districts may need to assume these and other duties themselves.

Many schools have assistant principals who help principals with school administration. Principals typically assign specific administrative duties to their assistant principals. In some school districts, assistant principals are hired to handle a specific subject area, such as literacy or math. Assistants may be assigned to handle student safety, provide student academic counseling, or enforce disciplinary or attendance rules. They may also coordinate buses or supervise building and grounds maintenance.

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How To Become A K-12 School 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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Average Length of Employment
Building Principal 4.6 years
School Principal 4.3 years
Vice Principal 3.9 years
Top Careers Before K-12 School Principal
Teacher 25.0%
Principal 15.2%
Instructor 2.3%
Top Careers After K-12 School Principal
Principal 18.1%
Director 4.7%
Teacher 4.7%
Consultant 3.9%
Internship 2.4%

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Top Skills for A K-12 School Principal

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Student Learning
  3. Instructional Leadership
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Core Responsibilities and Achievements: Instructional leadership for a dual district of 150 students and twenty five teachers.
  • Recruit, hire, and train staff members.
  • Comply with federal and state laws, State Board of Education rules, and board policy.
  • Architected and instituted a cohesive master schedule for 40 qualified instructors and para-professionals.
  • Participated in curriculum development, textbook adoption process and the development of local assessments.

K-12 School Principal Demographics

Gender

Male

58.0%

Female

38.0%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

74.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Black or African American

8.6%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

16.7%

Czech

16.7%

Japanese

16.7%

French

16.7%
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K-12 School Principal Education

Schools

Walden University

9.4%

Capella University

9.4%

Texas A&M University - Commerce

6.3%

Southern Nazarene University

6.3%

Northwest Nazarene University

6.3%

Dakota Wesleyan University

6.3%

Northern Illinois University

6.3%

Minnesota State University - Moorhead

6.3%

Tarleton State University

6.3%

Fort Hays State University

6.3%

Montana State University - Bozeman

3.1%

University of Houston

3.1%

West Texas A&M University

3.1%

Fielding Graduate University

3.1%

Adams State University

3.1%

Kansas State University

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

Bethel University (Minnesota)

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Great Valley

3.1%

University of Akron

3.1%
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Majors

Educational Leadership

39.0%

Education

18.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

6.0%

Special Education

5.0%

School Counseling

4.0%

Business

4.0%

Elementary Education

4.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Educational Technology

3.0%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Management

1.0%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.0%

Writing

1.0%

Religion

1.0%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

1.0%

Health Education

1.0%

Area Studies

1.0%

Social Sciences

1.0%

Hospitality Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

45.5%

Other

22.3%

Doctorate

14.3%

Bachelors

10.7%

Certificate

5.4%

License

0.9%

Associate

0.9%
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